Recently terminated officer Eduardo Cornejo has been arrested and charged with transporting prostitutes he employed to clients in and around the greater New York City metropolitan area.
An 11-year veteran of the force who had worked in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, Mr. Cornejo was caught transporting at least 10 different prostitutes to various motels around the city, in many cases directly upon leaving the Brooklyn precinct.
“Cornejo not only abused the public trust given to him as an N.Y.P.D. officer, but he showed no human decency when he facilitated the exploitation of women for profit,” Diego Rodriguez, the assistant director in charge of the F.B.I.’s field office in New York, said in a statement. “Police officers, like all public servants, are held to a higher standard, and should not violate the very same laws they are supposed to enforce.”
Ironically, Mr. Cornejo was fired by the police department on January 16th because he failed a randomly administered drug test.
He was then arrested February 2d following conclusion of a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau (IAB), which is responsible for internally reviewing police misconduct.
Agents followed Cornejo and the women he employed to various hotels around the city and suburbs, and an undercover officer responding to his ads in East Meadow, Queens finally produced enough evidence to make his arrest. Authorities believe he had at least 10 women working in his operation.