NEW YORK — A former New York City cop has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for his involvement in a hooker ring that involved trafficking of underage girls.
Eduardo Cornejo, 35, will serve 66 months in a federal lockup after pleading guilty last month to driving a 16-year-old girl around to meet men for hotel trysts while he was off duty.
An 11-year NYPD veteran, Cornejo lost his job in early 2016 after testing positive for marijuana not long before the FBI busted him for running the sex trafficking ring.
Federal investigators had begun following Cornejo around after getting a tip that a cop was involved in running a sex ring in Staten Island. The FBI spotted him moving at least 10 different women from hotel to hotel and phone taps picked up on him talking about selling sex for cash.
Prosecutor say Cornejo began his illicit side-hustle in late 2015. He was busted after the feds spotted him transporting a girl who looked younger than 18. When they interviewed her, she showed them an ID that said she had just turned 18, but admitted she had been hooking for Cornejo even before her birthday.
Cornejo had his bail revoked late last year after prosecutors submitted evidence that showed he had continued to make the rounds of several “hot sheet” motels around Staten Island and had poste sex ads online even after his arrest.
“The subject in this case used information he knew from being a sworn member of law enforcement to elude officers who would know he was doing something illegal,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney. “He was aware of the laws, and continued to break them even after being arrested.”