Cops protected prostitution rings for free sex: New York officials

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A former police officer has pleaded guilty after officials said he was protecting prostitution rings in New York in exchange for free sex.

The Wichita Eagle

A former police officer has pleaded guilty after being accused of using ‘his badge as a shield’ to protect two prostitution rings – engaged in trafficking women and minors – for gratuitous sex, according to federal officials in New York .

While an officer in Brewster, he ordered involved traffickers to deliver women to him for sex for nearly 10 years until 2018, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Sometimes he would have the women brought directly to the police department where he worked, prosecutors said.

Wayne Peiffer, 48, of Highland, pleaded guilty on April 8 to charges related to his role in protecting prostitution rings, based in New York’s Queens borough, when they operated in Brewster, a source said. press release from a lawyer’s office. Brewster is about 55 miles north of Queens.

He protected these illegal organizations by helping them avoid “detection and apprehension” by law enforcement, the statement said.

McClatchy News contacted Peiffer’s attorney for comment and was awaiting a response.

Additionally, Peiffer obtained “sexual favors from the women he was sworn to protect,” Homeland Security Investigations acting special agent Ricky Patel said in a statement.

Individuals protected by Peiffer from prostitution rings allegedly threaten and force “young women and underage girls from Mexico into prostitution” in the United States, making them victims of sex trafficking, according to an indictment obtained by McClatchy News. Moreover, these people were not US citizens either.

Peiffer joined the Brewster Village Police Department in 2006, and his involvement in the two prostitution rings began four years later in 2010, until 2018, according to the indictment. Specifically, these organizations included the Cid-Hernandez sex trafficking organization and the Godinez prostitution business.

The victims were brought to Peiffer over several years and were taken to the Brewster Police Department on his orders at least four times for “commercial sex services” at no charge, prosecutors say.

Peiffer specifically pleaded guilty to “conspiracy to commit extortion under Hobbs Law and conspiracy to commit bribes contrary to the Travel Act,” the press release said.

He “risks up to 25 years in prison and the forfeiture of $5,000”.

“With today’s guilty plea, this former officer has admitted to dishonoring his shield and betraying the public trust,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said in a statement.

McClatchy News has contacted the U.S. Attorney’s Office for information on other defendants involved in the case.

Julia Marnin is a McClatchy National Real-Time reporter covering the Southeast and Northeast while based in New York. She is a College of New Jersey alumnus and joined McClatchy in 2021. Previously, she has written for Newsweek, Modern Luxury, Gannett and more.

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