A New York City cop has been accused of running a prostitution ring in New Jersey, including Fort Lee and Secaucus.
According to federal officials, the 33-year-old suspect engaged in the transportation of women across state lines so that they could engage in prostitution.
The suspect reportedly committed the sexual offenses on a number of occasions. The suspect allegedly began his illegal actions immediately after ending his shifts as a police officer in NY.
Authorities first began to investigate the suspect after receiving a tip that he was promoting prostitution and selling the sexual services of a woman.
During the investigation, law enforcement reportedly saw the suspect driving women from a Staten Island apartment, and other locations, to motels in Fort Lee, Secaucus, Long Island, and Staten Island.
While conducting surveillance, police officers reportedly observed the suspect transporting multiple women to a Fort Lee motel at which a bachelor party was being held.
On another occasion, police officers reportedly witnessed the suspect transport two women to a motel located in Secaucus NJ, where they often left their rooms as different men showed up. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, police later learned that the women placed Internet ads for escort services.
The suspect worked with the NYPD for 11 years before he was fired in connection with the sex crime allegations. Now he has been indicted in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York.
If the suspect is convicted on the sex crime charges, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in federal prison.
For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Cop Ran Prostitution Ring in N.J., N.Y., Authorities Say.”