Seven NYPD Officers and 40 Others Arrested in Prostitution Bust

Earlier today, seven members of the NYPD were arrested, one of whom is a retired vice detective. The vice detective, who is married to a prostitute, teamed up with his wife to start two brothels, one in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and one on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens. As a result, there are 30 other officers currently under investigation by the Department of Internal Affairs.

The investigation began over three years ago as an FBI probe and started "after a member of the department suspected illegal activity by other members of the department and reported to Internal Affairs" according the New York Post. During today's busts, Internal Affairs raided the NYPD's 72nd precinct in Sunset Park and confiscated the electronic devices of the entire staff in search of additional evidence. They also stormed the precinct's locker room, clipping the lock on Det. Manuel Rodriguez's locker and going through his possessions. Despite his only having been in the 72nd precinct for about 5 months, Internal Affairs placed Rodriguez on modified duty.

While most of the action went down in Sunset Park, other arrested officers came from 109th and 84th precincts, as well as Transit Bureau Investigation and Evidence Collection. "Today, those who swore an oath and then betrayed it have felt the consequences of that infidelity. The people of this Department are rightly held to the highest standard, and should they fail to meet it, the penalty will be swift and severe," said NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill in a press conference. Details regarding who was involved in what portion of the illegal activity and to what extent, have yet to be released.

Those arrested include:

Sgt. Carlos Cruz, 69th Precinct Det. Squad

Sgt. Louis Failla, Queens Evidence Collection Team

Sgt. Cliff Nieves, Transit Bureau Investigation

PO Steven Nieves, 84th Precinct

PO Giancarlo Raspanti, 109th Precinct

Det. Gionanny Rojas-Acosta, Criminal Investigation Division Training

Det. Rene Samiego, Brooklyn South Vice.

The two detectives placed on leave were:

Det. Rafael Vega, of the Criminal Enterprise Investigative Section

Det. Manuel Rodriguez, of the 72nd Precinct

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