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COURT COPS TARGETED IN SEX PROBE

JOHN MARZULLI, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and BILL FARRELL DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS With Alice McQuillan. New York Daily News. New York, N.Y.: Sep 15, 1999. pg. 5



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Internal Affairs Bureau detectives are investigating allegations that cops assigned to Brooklyn Criminal Court secretly took jailed prostitutes into the judges' robing room for sex, authorities and sources said yesterday.
One cop abruptly resigned earlier this month after learning he was under investigation, and three others were placed on modified duty this past weekend as the probe into the latest sex scandal to rock the NYPD widened.
Sources said the scandal erupted around Labor Day, after a police officer assigned to the courthouse informed his superiors that he saw another cop sign an alleged prostitute out of her cell, take her to the robing room and ask for sex.
Copyright Daily News, L.P. Sep 15, 1999
Internal Affairs Bureau detectives are investigating allegations that cops assigned to Brooklyn Criminal Court secretly took jailed prostitutes into the judges' robing room for sex, authorities and sources said yesterday.
One cop abruptly resigned earlier this month after learning he was under investigation, and three others were placed on modified duty this past weekend as the probe into the latest sex scandal to rock the NYPD widened.
Police brass yesterday confirmed the investigation which was triggered by a cop who broke the Blue Wall of silence. But they declined to reveal details.
"We have an ongoing investigation into misconduct, and three officers have been placed on modified duty in connection with that," said NYPD spokeswoman Marilyn Mode.
Sources said the scandal erupted around Labor Day, after a police officer assigned to the courthouse informed his superiors that he saw another cop sign an alleged prostitute out of her cell, take her to the robing room and ask for sex.
The woman told investigators she was flattered by the request, but refused and only shared a cigarette with the officer. "I didn't do nothing for the cop," she told detectives.
Upon learning he was under investigation, the officer already on disciplinary probation for prior misconduct went to a precinct near his Queens home and resigned, sources said.
"He knew we were going to kill him, so he ran before we could get him," said one investigator.
Meanwhile, detectives were investigating allegations that at least one other officer had sex in the Brooklyn courthouse robing room, with a 17-year-old accused prostitute. Sources said that at least two of the three officers placed on modified duty over the weekend had some kind of relationship with the teen, the daughter of a New Jersey police officer.
According to sources familiar with the investigation, one of the cops met her after she was arrested and may have passed her phone number on to at least one other officer.
"They met earlier this summer, and we know that at least one of the cops had sex with her inside the courthouse," said another investigator. "They may have struck up a relationship, and the sex was consensual."
Last summer, the NYPD was hit with a sex scandal in Midtown South, where more than 20 cops were implicated in a longtime sex-for- protection scheme involving a brothel.
In the wake of that investigation, two cops were arrested and later resigned. Midtown South commander Deputy Inspector Joseph McKeever was transferred to the Criminal Justice Bureau, which oversees the 50 cops assigned to Brooklyn Criminal Court.

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Author(s): JOHN MARZULLI, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and BILL FARRELL DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS With Alice McQuillan

Section: News

Publication title: New York Daily News. New York, N.Y.: Sep 15, 1999. pg. 5

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OP-SEX INDICTMENTS DUE SOON - BROTHEL-PROTECTION SCANDAL JOLTS PRECINCT

LAURA ITALIANO. New York Post. New York, N.Y.: Mar 25, 1999. pg. 22

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The scandal ripped through the Midtown South precinct last summer - shocking the city with allegations that cops were getting free sex from a 60-woman brothel on West 39th Street for more than a decade in return for turning a blind eye to the illegal operation.
The jury-selection process begins Monday in the Abner Louima case, in which four Brooklyn cops are accused of beating and sodomizing the Haitian immigrant in the 70th Precinct station house.
At least six precinct cops cooperated with the investigation, and 22 cops - including a sergeant - have remained on modified duty since the summer.

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Copyright New York Post Corporation Mar 25, 1999
The first indictments are expected soon in the notorious police sex-for-protection scandal, two top law-enforcement sources said yesterday.
The scandal ripped through the Midtown South precinct last summer - shocking the city with allegations that cops were getting free sex from a 60-woman brothel on West 39th Street for more than a decade in return for turning a blind eye to the illegal operation.
The allegations included lurid details about dozens of cops frolicking freely - and for free - with the hookers, sometimes while on duty, and sometimes even in patrol cars.
"It's happening soon," one source high in the investigation said of the first indictments in the nearly two-year investigation.
The source declined to elaborate, except to caution: "That doesn't mean today, and that doesn't mean tomorrow."
But if indictments break within the week, it could mean a public- relations triple-whammy for the NYPD.
The jury-selection process begins Monday in the Abner Louima case, in which four Brooklyn cops are accused of beating and sodomizing the Haitian immigrant in the 70th Precinct station house.
Meanwhile, indictments in the Amadou Diallo killing - in which four cops from the elite Street Crime Unit shot 41 times at the unarmed immigrant - could also come within the next few days, according to law-enforcement sources.
News of the sex-for-protection investigation broke last July, when a sergeant and 19 cops were stripped of their badges as a result of the then-yearlong probe.
At least six precinct cops cooperated with the investigation, and 22 cops - including a sergeant - have remained on modified duty since the summer.
The investigation centers around so-called "Midtown Madam" Helena Ramos, who claims her brothel catered to cops for up to 15 years.
The brothel, at 335 W. 39th St., and an auxiliary apartment across the street at No. 352, remained immune from raids for that time.
Possible charges could range from official misconduct - a misdemeanor that could result in no jail time - to felony bribery.

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Author(s): LAURA ITALIANO

Section: News

Publication title: New York Post. New York, N.Y.: Mar 25, 1999. pg. 22

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FIVE BROTHEL-CASE COPS FACE ARREST - INDICTED IN SEX-FOR-PROTECTION SCANDAL; EXCLUSIVE

MURRAY WEISS Criminal Justice Editor. New York Post. New York, N.Y.: Apr 27, 1999. pg. 16

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As many as six cops implicated in the scandal have been cooperating with authorities since last summer when cops arrested [Helena Ramos] and her prostitutes - who then complained that officers in uniform routinely visited her West 39th Street brothel for sex.
Ramos identified the officers who protected her operation in exchange for leniency on the prostitution charges, officials said. She also identified many of the cops who visited her brothel from NYPD personnel photos.
In addition to the cooperating cops and Ramos' confessions, investigators used her phone records to prove cops were making calls to their homes from her brothel and the apartment.

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Copyright New York Post Corporation Apr 27, 1999


Five Manhattan cops have been indicted on extortion charges and will be arrested today for allegedly protecting a Midtown madam's brothel in exchange for sex and money, The Post has learned.
The cops, from the Midtown South Precinct, are scheduled to surrender today to the office of Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.
Morgenthau has been investigating charges that as many as 25 officers - over 10 years - were treated to sex and a free apartment to lounge in by reputed madam Helena Ramos.
Sources say seven more cops face possible criminal charges during the next few months as the grand jury completes its investigation.
Another dozen officers under suspicion are expected to avoid criminal charges but face Police Department charges that could cost them their jobs, sources say.
As many as six cops implicated in the scandal have been cooperating with authorities since last summer when cops arrested Ramos and her prostitutes - who then complained that officers in uniform routinely visited her West 39th Street brothel for sex.
Ramos stunned investigators when she revealed she also rented an apartment across the street where cops "cooped" and lounged with her girls - and that she had been providing services to officers for at least a decade.
Ramos identified the officers who protected her operation in exchange for leniency on the prostitution charges, officials said. She also identified many of the cops who visited her brothel from NYPD personnel photos.
Two officers were even caught on a surveillance tape entering and leaving the brothel - in uniform.
In addition to the cooperating cops and Ramos' confessions, investigators used her phone records to prove cops were making calls to their homes from her brothel and the apartment.
Fears that precinct supervisors were aware of the illegal activities and did nothing about it for years were unfounded, sources say.
"If they knew about it, they would have shut it down, if for no other reason than to protect their own careers," a source said.
Many of the NYPD's top brass have held positions in prestigious Midtown South, which has been billed as the world's busiest precinct.
Sources said investigators believe the existence of the brothel and the fact cops were visiting hookers was somewhat of an open secret among many other cops.

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People: Ramos, Helena

Author(s): MURRAY WEISS Criminal Justice Editor

Section: News

Publication title: New York Post. New York, N.Y.: Apr 27, 1999. pg. 16

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HOOKERS: COPS MADE US SQUAD-CAR SIRENS; EXCLUSIVE; [All Editions]

MURRAY WEISS Criminal Justice Editor. New York Post. New York, N.Y.: Sep 29, 1998. pg. 14

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Prosecutors for the Manhattan district attorney and internal police probers heard numerous accounts of cops in uniform being serviced inside [Ramos]' brothel on West 39th Street, in apparent exchange for not busting the 60-hooker operation.
Ramos claimed she provided cops with sex for up to 15 years, but only one of the six cooperating cops has admitted ongoing sexual dalliances.
That means other cops who once toiled in the busy Midtown precinct and frequented Ramos' brothel have moved on to other assignments or have retired without detection, investigators believe.

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Copyright New York Post Corporation Sep 29, 1998
"It is amazing how any officer would think that these women would never tell." A POLICE OFFICIAL
Several Manhattan prostitutes cooperating in the NYPD brothel scandal have told investigators they provided sex to on-duty cops in patrol cars, The Post has learned.
Sources said the sensational allegations come from prostitutes who worked for reputed Midtown madam Helena Ramos - as well as hookers working the West Side south of 42nd Street.
Prosecutors for the Manhattan district attorney and internal police probers heard numerous accounts of cops in uniform being serviced inside Ramos' brothel on West 39th Street, in apparent exchange for not busting the 60-hooker operation.
But investigators were also stunned by several women's claims that they were brazenly shaken down for sex, while walking the streets, by cops in squad cars.
It is amazing how any officer would think that these women would never tell on them, a police official observed.
Investigative sources say they believe the women because their accounts involving Ramos and her brother have been independently corroborated.
The sources caution that they have been unable to find evidence supporting the car-sex allegations and are pessimistic that they will result in any action against cops.
That's because the hookers have fuzzy recollections about where and when the alleged sex sessions occurred. There seems to be more than a germ of truth to it, a source said. But we can't find any evidence to confirm any part of it yet and, honestly, we probably never will.
The Post reported Sunday that at least six cops caught in the Midtown brothel scandal have begun telling prosecutors the details of how they protected the whorehouse in exchange for on-duty sex.
Sources say additional cops will be placed on modified duty in the mushrooming scandal.
Sources say Ramos, who began cooperating after her arrest, has gone over police file photos and identified several cops who, she claims, regularly enjoyed her hospitality.
Ramos claimed she provided cops with sex for up to 15 years, but only one of the six cooperating cops has admitted ongoing sexual dalliances.
That means other cops who once toiled in the busy Midtown precinct and frequented Ramos' brothel have moved on to other assignments or have retired without detection, investigators believe.
Twenty cops, including a sergeant, have been placed on modified assignment because their names were mentioned by two officers who became informants in the probe.

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Author(s): MURRAY WEISS Criminal Justice Editor

Publication title: New York Post. New York, N.Y.: Sep 29, 1998. pg. 14

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BROTHEL AND MADAM SURVIVED DESPITE 2 COP RAIDS - RECORDS

JERRY CAPECI and ALICE McQUILLAN With William K. Rashbaum. New York Daily News. New York, N.Y.: Jul 22, 1998. pg. 24

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The madam who allegedly let Midtown South cops romp with her prostitutes was raided twice by other police units while she had the cozy arrangement with the rogue officers, court records show.
Authorities raided a brothel run by suspected madam Helena Ramos in a Ninth Ave. walkup in 1990 and arrested her on prostitution charges.
The operation, on the third floor of 576 Ninth Ave. at 43rd St., was a short walk from her apartments on W. 39th St., where she reportedly allowed Midtown South cops to have sex or hang out while on duty. Officials said the arrangement dates back 15 years.

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Copyright Daily News, L.P. Jul 22, 1998
The madam who allegedly let Midtown South cops romp with her prostitutes was raided twice by other police units while she had the cozy arrangement with the rogue officers, court records show.
Authorities raided a brothel run by suspected madam Helena Ramos in a Ninth Ave. walkup in 1990 and arrested her on prostitution charges.
The operation, on the third floor of 576 Ninth Ave. at 43rd St., was a short walk from her apartments on W. 39th St., where she reportedly allowed Midtown South cops to have sex or hang out while on duty. Officials said the arrangement dates back 15 years.
The Police Department has ordered 20 day-shift officers from the Midtown South Precinct to turn in their badges and guns while the charges are investigated. High-ranking sources said police and prosecutors are trying to make criminal cases against the officers, and a grand jury is expected to hear evidence.
According to an affidavit filed by an undercover officer from the Manhattan South Public Morals Division, Ramos watched the door of the Ninth Ave. brothel and was in charge of the money when cops raided it in February 1990.
Undercover officer Marc Giraldez said Ramos told him to choose from the "two scantily attired females sitting on the couch," after he handed over $15 and received a ticket. The woman he chose brought him to a small room with a bed and agreed to perform a sex act, the affidavit said. Cops then arrested Ramos and the prostitute.
When the mayor's Office of Midtown Enforcement arrived with cops two months later in April 1990 to padlock the place, they found the operation had moved to the fourth floor and was raided again.
Ramos, 41, who has a string of addresses spanning New Jersey, Florida and Puerto Rico, reportedly also ran a religious articles store on W. 39th St. She defaulted on a college loan in New Jersey in 1992 and owes $4,593.73, a loan official said.
Sources say Ramos is cooperating with the corruption probe.

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Author(s): JERRY CAPECI and ALICE McQUILLAN With William K. Rashbaum

Section: News

Publication title: New York Daily News. New York, N.Y.: Jul 22, 1998. pg. 24

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NYPD: 20, NOT 22, IN SEX SCANDAL

Alice McQuillan. New York Daily News. New York, N.Y.: Jul 21, 1998. pg. 10

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The NYPD yesterday revised the total of cops placed on modified duty in the Manhattan sex-for-protection brothel scandal, saying 20 cops not 22 have been stripped of their guns and badges.

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Copyright Daily News, L.P. Jul 21, 1998
The NYPD yesterday revised the total of cops placed on modified duty in the Manhattan sex-for-protection brothel scandal, saying 20 cops not 22 have been stripped of their guns and badges.
A police spokesman said the department mistakenly released the higher number this weekend.
"A notification was made to the deputy commissioner of public information from another department unit that two additional members were modified, when in fact they were part of the original 20," said Deputy Inspector Michael Collins, a Police Department spokesman.
Collins declined to name the police unit that made the error. The confusion arose when two officers, part of the original 20, were notified on Saturday that they were being disciplined. The police so far have not released all the names of those modified.
So far, 20 police officers 19 cops and a sergeant have handed in their guns and shields and been assigned to desk duty in the wake of the scandal rocking the Midtown South Precinct.
They are under investigation for allegedly allowing hookers to ply their trade in exchange for sex or a place to hang out while on duty.
Officials have said they expect more officers to be assigned to modified duty in the coming weeks.

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Author(s): Alice McQuillan

Section: News

Publication title: New York Daily News. New York, N.Y.: Jul 21, 1998. pg. 10

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MAYOR AWAITS FACTS ON COPS, HOOKERS; [All Editions.=.Sunday]

By RICHARD PYLE, The Associated Press. The Record. Bergen County, N.J.: Jul 19, 1998. pg. a.09

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Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said Saturday that he would not prejudge the failure of senior commanders to blow the whistle on a cops-and-hookers scandal that apparently went on for at least 15 years in Manhattan's most visible precinct.
Several members of the department's top brass formerly served at the Midtown South Precinct, where investigators say officers allowed a brothel to operate while they casually patronized another one during working hours.
Although no charges have been filed, Giuliani stressed that the city's latest police corruption inquiry was far from over, and he said former top leaders at Midtown South had some explaining to do. The New York Post said these included William Allee, the department's current chief of detectives; Transit Police Chief George Brown, and Manhattan Deputy Chief Michael Fox.

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Copyright Bergen Evening Record Corporation Jul 19, 1998
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said Saturday that he would not prejudge the failure of senior commanders to blow the whistle on a cops-and-hookers scandal that apparently went on for at least 15 years in Manhattan's most visible precinct.
"I never exclude the possibility of a reasonable explanation," Giuliani said.
However, the mayor told reporters there was a "very valid question" whether the precinct chiefs knew of the illegal activity and did nothing to stop it, or simply were unaware that it was happening.
Several members of the department's top brass formerly served at the Midtown South Precinct, where investigators say officers allowed a brothel to operate while they casually patronized another one during working hours.
Twenty-one officers and a sergeant were put on restricted duty, and a lieutenant and the precinct's two top commanders were transferred. Police Commissioner Howard Safir said only the 21 officers were suspected of having had sex with prostitutes.
The Midtown South precinct embraces many of central Manhattan's most famous areas, including Times Square, the theater district, the garment district, and Madison Square Garden.
Although no charges have been filed, Giuliani stressed that the city's latest police corruption inquiry was far from over, and he said former top leaders at Midtown South had some explaining to do. The New York Post said these included William Allee, the department's current chief of detectives; Transit Police Chief George Brown, and Manhattan Deputy Chief Michael Fox.
Officer Carmen Melendez, a department spokeswoman, said she could not confirm that the officers named were formerly at Midtown South.
Giuliani mentioned no names at an outdoor news conference where he watched a crane preparing to lift a bell-tower cupola to the roof of City Hall, part of a $4 million restoration of the 184-year-old landmark.
"All of it is under investigation, and obviously a very valid question . . . is what did they know, and what did they do about it?" Giuliani said. "If they did know about it, obviously that's very serious _ and if they didn't know about it, that has implications also."
He said there "may be answers to that, so it would be unfair to prejudge that, but those are all very, very active areas of investigatory pursuit."
Asked whether he could visualize a valid explanation for top officers not knowing of the activity _ or knowing and failing to act, Giuliani recalled his own days as a racket-busting U.S. attorney.
"I never exclude the possibility of reasonable explanations," he said. "I used to do this work myself, and you always begin with a cynical attitude, and that's the only way to investigate. You have to investigate from the point of view that if this was going on, why didn't someone know about it? Yes, there could be answers to that."
Giuliani said the cozy dealings between prostitutes and police at the Midtown South precinct were uncovered in an 18-month probe that required "tremendous resources."
"This was not something that was handed to the Police Department on a silver platter," he said.
Investigators found that for at least 15 years, some officers were allowing a brothel to operate on West 39th Street, a few blocks from Times Square, and using an apartment across the street for sex with prostitutes or sleeping on the job. The brothel madam owned the apartment and let officers use it, rather than have them mingle with other customers, The New York Times said.
The illegal activity ended about a year ago, possibly when officers learned of the investigation.
Police officials say the latest scandal, unlike others that have hit the nation's largest city police department in the last few years, was broken by Internal Affairs investigators employing a new approach.
Rather than reacting to citizen complaints, the so-called EDIT program puts investigators into the field to ferret out police wrongdoing, even conducting their own raids and sting operations.

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Author(s): By RICHARD PYLE, The Associated Press

Dateline: NEW YORK

Section: NEWS

Publication title: The Record. Bergen County, N.J.: Jul 19, 1998. pg. a.09

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2 MORE ON COP-SCANDAL LIST

PAUL SCHWARTZMAN, JOHN MARZULLI and PATRICE O'SHAUGHNESSY, With William K. Rashbaum. New York Daily News. New York, N.Y.: Jul 19, 1998. pg. 2

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Two more police officers were put on modified duty yesterday in the widening sex-for-security scandal involving brothels in the Midtown South Precinct.
"There's going to be a lot of evidence," Mayor Giuliani said. "The Police Department spent a year-and-a-half amassing evidence, and what they revealed the other day is just a small portion of it, and some more will be revealed as the allegations develop."
Cops from the Midtown South Precinct are under investigation in a 15-year-old scheme in which they allegedly let two brothels in the Garment District operate in return for sexual favors or the use of an apartment to "coop in" hide out while on duty.

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Copyright Daily News, L.P. Jul 19, 1998
Two more police officers were put on modified duty yesterday in the widening sex-for-security scandal involving brothels in the Midtown South Precinct.
The action brings to 22 the number of cops 21 officers and a sergeant under investigation for allegedly allowing prostitutes to do business in return for sex or the use of an apartment.
The disgraceful charges at one of its showcase commands have the Police Department reeling, and the mayor indicated yesterday that more damaging disclosures are in the offing.
"There's going to be a lot of evidence," Mayor Giuliani said. "The Police Department spent a year-and-a-half amassing evidence, and what they revealed the other day is just a small portion of it, and some more will be revealed as the allegations develop."
Cops from the Midtown South Precinct are under investigation in a 15-year-old scheme in which they allegedly let two brothels in the Garment District operate in return for sexual favors or the use of an apartment to "coop in" hide out while on duty.
The precinct commander, executive officer and lieutenant were transferred after the Daily News prepared a story on the tawdry allegations, a development that spurred officials to announce their 18-month probe.
Sources have told The News that as many as 40 cops might have known about the alleged sex-for-protection arrangement, and yesterday Giuliani hinted that more officers would be implicated.
"The number that have been {modified} are the number that they presently feel confident that they have evidence to support an administrative charge against," he said. "That doesn't mean that it ends there. . . . There'll probably be more against whom they feel confident as they move along."
A spokeswoman for Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said yesterday that the investigation was continuing.
Stuart London, a Patrolmen's Benevolent Association lawyer, said he is trying to determine "the accuracy and reliability of their information. . . . When you modify so many officers, a lot of innocent people can be swept up."
The Internal Affairs Bureau and Morgenthau's office began investigating about 18 months ago, when hookers told the IAB about the scheme.
Cops in the precinct apparently learned about the internal-affairs investigation sometime last year after the brothel was raided and the madam complained about the raid.
"There was a scare, and the place became hot," the source said. "Everyone thought it was going to die a natural death."
Two of the cops involved cooperated with investigators, as did the madam.
She is described as a bleached blond in her 40s, who had been in the brothel business for 15 years.
Yesterday, all was quiet at two of her brothels.
There were lookouts around the bordello on W. 37th St. that she allegedly operated with the nod from cops, and people on the street said it would remain closed for a couple of weeks until things cooled off.
The arrangement was no secret on W. 39th St., where a second brothel and the coop were located.
Giuliani yesterday reiterated praise for how the NYPD handled the investigation.
"This thing was going on for a decade-and-a-half, and it was only the dogged efforts of the Police Department that uncovered it. And for all we know, but for all the increased emphasis on corruption in the Police Department, and the sophistication of the Police Department's new techniques, nobody would have discovered this."
The source said the statute of limitations on administrative misconduct is 18 months a deadline that is approaching which led the department to move on the case.
Safir said he believed the number of officers who had sex with prostitutes through the years was confined to a "small, stable group" on the day shift, but he would not say how many. Officials said the alleged sex scheme stopped about a year ago.
Only a few precinct cops had keys to the coop, which was used for part of 1997.

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Author(s): PAUL SCHWARTZMAN, JOHN MARZULLI and PATRICE O'SHAUGHNESSY, With William K. Rashbaum

Section: News

Publication title: New York Daily News. New York, N.Y.: Jul 19, 1998. pg. 2

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BROTHEL BUST CATCHES COP

Mike Claffey. New York Daily News. New York, N.Y.: Feb 15, 1998. pg. 75

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Officer James Thomas, 34, of the Manhattan North Task Force, was charged with the felony of promoting prostitution after he was taken into custody at the Flamingo Lounge at 259 Kingston Ave. in Crown Heights late Friday night.

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An off-duty cop was snared in a Brooklyn raid last night at a bar that allegedly doubles as a brothel, police said.
Officer James Thomas, 34, of the Manhattan North Task Force, was charged with the felony of promoting prostitution after he was taken into custody at the Flamingo Lounge at 259 Kingston Ave. in Crown Heights late Friday night.
Four other men and 21 women also were arrested.
Cops said Thomas, who joined the force in 1993, also was an employe of the establishment.
Police said the bar included a large room in the back that was used by prostitutes.
The women were charged with either prostitution or promoting prostitution, cops said. The men were all charged with promoting prostitution.

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Author(s): Mike Claffey

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Publication title: New York Daily News. New York, N.Y.: Feb 15, 1998. pg. 75

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COPS IN SEX SCANDAL IAB: HOOKERS PAID IN TRADE TO AVOID ARREST

WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and JOHN MARZULLI With Henri E. Cauvin. New York Daily News. New York, N.Y.: Jul 17, 1998. pg. 3

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Nineteen cops and a sergeant were yanked from duty at a busy midtown precinct last night amid explosive allegations officers got sexual favors from prostitutes in return for not busting brothels.
Top brass at the Midtown South Precinct were transferred as a grim-faced Police Commissioner Howard Safir announced a "breakdown in supervision" allowed the rampant corruption to fester unchecked for a decade.
The cops and sergeant were stripped of their badges and placed on modified duty after investigators from the Internal Affairs Bureau swooped down on the W. 35th St. stationhouse last week, sources said.

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Copyright Daily News, L.P. Jul 17, 1998
Nineteen cops and a sergeant were yanked from duty at a busy midtown precinct last night amid explosive allegations officers got sexual favors from prostitutes in return for not busting brothels.
Top brass at the Midtown South Precinct were transferred as a grim-faced Police Commissioner Howard Safir announced a "breakdown in supervision" allowed the rampant corruption to fester unchecked for a decade.
The cops and sergeant were stripped of their badges and placed on modified duty after investigators from the Internal Affairs Bureau swooped down on the W. 35th St. stationhouse last week, sources said.
The lightning raid capped a year-long investigation that eventually might implicate as many as 30 cops on all shifts at the busy precinct, said a law enforcement source familiar with the probe.
The bombshell sex-for-protection allegations mark the most sweeping corruption scandal to hit the NYPD since dozens of cops were implicated in the notorious 30th Precinct case in 1994.
Midtown South cops allegedly had sex with hookers as part of an agreement not to enforce anti-prostitution laws, said another investigator familiar with the probe.
Confronted with the allegations by the Daily News, Safir last night hurriedly called a press conference to portray the NYPD as aggressively rooting out the scandal even as he conceded it continued for at least 10 years.
Sources said the corruption might have gone on as long as 15 years.
Safir said cops also were placed on modified duty for using an apartment known in police parlance as a "coop" to hang out when they were supposed to be on duty.
Of the 19 cops yanked, 15 are believed to have associated with prostitutes, he said. The precinct commanding officer, executive officer and a lieutenant were transferred.
Some of the brothels were staffed by Asian women, some by South American women, the investigator said, adding that "a variety of people" frequented the brothels.
The apartment that Safir described as a cooping location belonged to a madam at one of the brothels and was an extension of the brothel, the investigator said.
The office of Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau whom sources said is overseeing the probe would not comment last night.
Lawyers for the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association last night declined to comment on the case, which broke open Tuesday when IAB investigators burst into the stationhouse demanding to know the whereabouts of four cops.
"They {IAB} were like, 'Where is he? Call him at home. Get him down here now!' " a cop who witnessed the raid said of investigators' determination to speak with specific officers.
Officers James Trout, James Gombach, Stephen Buscarino and Lawrence Levine were placed on modified assignment last week. Reached by phone yesterday, Gombach said: "I really don't have any information. Is this going to be a negative story?"
Trout and Buscarino did not return calls for comment, and Levine could not be reached at the Brooklyn court section where he has been reassigned.
The names of the other officers placed on modified duty were not released last night.
Prostitution enforcement under the Giuliani administration took a marked turn in 1994, when then-Police Commissioner William Bratton unleashed precinct cops to attack the street-level problem with undercover stings.
Previously, enforcement was done solely by the public morals division because of the perceived high risk of corruption.
"There's so much money involved, and in a male-dominated organization {like the Police Department}, the problem has not always been taken seriously," said Walter Mack, the former head of the Internal Affairs Bureau.
Bratton fired Mack in 1995 largely because of a sting at the Bluebird brothel on W. 20th St. in which a hidden camera captured a prostitute performing a sex act on a detective during a raid.
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Previous NYPD precinct scandals:
August 1997 Five cops from the 70th Precinct in Brooklyn are charged with beating and sodomizing Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in a stationhouse bathroom.
May 1995 13 cops and three sergeants from the 48th Precinct in the Bronx are indicted for petty larceny, official misconduct and making false statements uncovered in an undercover sting.
March 1994 Three officers from the 73rd Precinct in Brownsville, Brooklyn, are charged with dealing drugs, usually while on duty. The officers called themselves the Morgue Boys because they often met to divide their profits near a factory that once manufactured morgue refrigerators.
1992 An internal investigation uncovers a gang of 34 rogue cops at the 30th Precinct in Harlem, causing the precinct to be dubbed the Dirty 30. The cops are charged with making illegal arrests, perjuring themselves, taking bribes from drug dealers, pocketing bundles of cash, and stealing and selling cocaine and heroin.
May 1985 Five cops from the 106th Precinct in Queens, including a lieutenant assigned to guard against police brutality, are charged with assaulting prisoners in their custody with an electric stun gun.

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Caption: KEN MURRAY DAILY NEWS "BREAKDOWN in supervision" at Midtown South Precinct allowed corruption to fester for a decade, Police Commissioner Howard Safir says last night.
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FINEST PARTIED & HAD SEX WITH HOOKERS, PROBER SEZ / CITES BACHELOR BASH

WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM, JOHN MARZULLI and DAVE GOLDINER. New York Daily News. New York, N.Y.: Jul 18, 1998. pg. 5

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Cops under scrutiny in the sex-for-protection scandal that has rocked the NYPD held an X-rated bachelor party at a midtown apartment provided by a madam of a nearby brothel, a senior investigator said.
About 20 brazen cops from the Midtown South Precinct partied with hookers in a three-room safe house known as a coop that they maintained across the street from a W. 39th St. brothel, said the investigator, who is involved in the case.
"There was at least one bachelor party there," said the source, noting that many of the cops engaged in sex acts with the hookers. "Two bedrooms over 20 cops."

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Cops under scrutiny in the sex-for-protection scandal that has rocked the NYPD held an X-rated bachelor party at a midtown apartment provided by a madam of a nearby brothel, a senior investigator said.
About 20 brazen cops from the Midtown South Precinct partied with hookers in a three-room safe house known as a coop that they maintained across the street from a W. 39th St. brothel, said the investigator, who is involved in the case.
"There was at least one bachelor party there," said the source, noting that many of the cops engaged in sex acts with the hookers. "Two bedrooms over 20 cops."
The bombshell revelation came as police brass tried to limit the damage from one of the worst scandals to hit the NYPD in years and Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau continued his criminal probe.
Nineteen cops and one sergeant have been placed on modified duty and stripped of their badges after Internal Affairs Bureau investigators uncovered the sex scandal and swooped down on the precinct.
But investigators said that as many as 40 cops may have known about the dirty deal contradicting Police Commissioner Howard Safir's contention that the sex racket was the work of an "insular group."
"How can an insular group involve 30 or 40 people?" said the investigator.
Amid the furor, Safir yesterday named a new precinct commander for Midtown South: Deputy Inspector Thomas Lawrence, who was moved from the 9th Precinct on the lower East Side.
Police brass said the sex-for-protection arrangement began as long as 15 years ago. The scheme began unraveling about 18 months ago, when a hooker told Internal Affairs probers about the deal.
Police caught wind of the probe and stopped frequenting the coop, but the damage was done.
Investigators learned the names of as many as 10 officers involved in the scandal by checking telephone records at the coop and finding calls placed to the cops' homes, a law enforcement source said.
"The phone calls probably led to the identification of more than 10 police officers," the source said.
The telephone records were used to pressure officers to cooperate, the source said.
Several officers also were captured on closed-circuit video tape asking hookers for sexual favors, the source said. Investigators, however, have not uncovered video tapes of sex acts, sources said.
Prosecutors and IAB investigators got their key break about two weeks ago, when they were able to pressure one or two cops into cooperating. One officer wore a recording device to help gather evidence against fellow cops.
As part of the deal, investigators said,the cops looked the other way from several brothels in the neighborhood of warehouses and steel-gated sweatshops.
They eventually set up the coop, where they could relax or sleep on duty and occasionally had sex with the hookers, probers said.
Up to a dozen cops are thought to have had sex with the hookers, while others agreed to look the other way, police said.
"We believe there was some kind of quid pro quo. We don't know exactly what it was. Whether all 19 were involved in sexual activity with prostitutes is not clear yet," Safir said.
At the suburban homes of three cops named in the scandal Officers James Trout of Nanuet and James Gombach of Suffern, both in Rockland County, and Stephen Buscarino of Centereach, L.I. there were few answers yesterday.
Relatives refused to talk to reporters, and neighbors wondered how seemingly upstanding cops could become involved in a scandal with hookers.
Morgenthau, whose office has supervised the case, would not discuss details of the alleged misconduct.
"We've been working with IAB closely for up to 18 months, and the cooperation has been good," Morgenthau said.

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CRIMINAL CHARGES SEEN FOR SCANDAL COPS

Dave Goldiner. New York Daily News. New York, N.Y.: Jul 18, 1998. pg. 5

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The cops implicated in the Midtown South sex scandal could face criminal charges for allegedly accepting sex from hookers in exchange for letting brothels operate, law enforcement sources said.

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The cops implicated in the Midtown South sex scandal could face criminal charges for allegedly accepting sex from hookers in exchange for letting brothels operate, law enforcement sources said.
Officers could be charged with official misconduct, a misdemeanor, for engaging in sex acts with the prostitutes, the sources said.
They also could face felony bribery charges on the grounds that the sexual favors were a form of payment by the hookers for not arresting them.
In addition, the cops could be accused of falsifying business records for noting in their log books that they were on patrol when they were allegedly relaxing or having sex with hookers in a midtown apartment.
Along with the criminal charges, the cops could face departmental charges that could cost them their jobs.

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Officials Suspect Some Are Wrongly Accused in Sex Scandal.(Metropolitan Desk).Kit R. Roane. The New York Times (July 21, 1998)(570 words) From General OneFile.



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Some of the 20 Manhattan police officers facing disciplinary action and possible criminal charges for suspected involvement in a prostitution sex scandal may have been wrongly accused, law enforcement investigators said yesterday, adding that other officers from the Midtown South precinct could be implicated in their places.
The investigation centers on a brothel near Times Square and an apartment across the street from it that the police and prosecutors allege had been frequented by some officers in the precinct while on duty. Prosecutors say that the brothel, at 335 West 39th Street, which was raided a year and a half ago, had been in business for more than a decade, catering to workers from the nearby garment district as well as police officers.
Prosecutors also say they have images from video-surveillance equipment in a local massage parlor showing several officers demanding sex from women working there.
But several investigators, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that a few of the 20 officers placed on modified assignments by the Police Department, some of whose names have been released to the news media, had never been seen entering the brothel and had not been seen visiting the apartment kept by its madam across the street.
Others went to the apartment, called ''the coop'' by officers, but were not known to have fraternized with prostitutes there, the investigators said.
Nevertheless, the investigators said that at least 20 officers from the precinct were still likely to face criminal charges that they had falsified financial records by going to the apartment when they were supposed to have been on patrol, that they had engaged in official misconduct by having sex with a prostitute while on duty or that they had committed bribery by accepting sex as payment for turning a blind eye to the prostitution.
''I think 20 is the right number,'' one investigator said. ''It may not be the 20 who got 'modified,' but I think that's the number we'll end up with.'' He added that phone records indicated that at least 10 of the officers had made phone calls from ''the coop'' to their homes.
Police officials would not comment on whether mistakes had been made when placing some officers on modified duty, with Commissioner Howard Safir saying only that his department had found the illegal activity, ''and we're going to fix it.''
Part of the problem faced by investigators is that many officers thought to have used the brothel had been tipped off to the investigation when it was closed a year and a half ago and the department's Internal Affairs Bureau had begun making inquiries about a police connection to it. The point of the inquiry became more obvious when four officers from the precinct were placed on modified duty two weeks ago.
Because of this, prosecutors were stymied in their efforts to catch officers at the apartment. Much of the evidence obtained is secondhand, from talks with two officers who agreed to cooperate with the investigation and prostitutes who worked in the brothel, officials said.
Other potential evidence against the officers comes from the apartment's phone records, which show when calls were made to specific locations but not who had made the call or had answered it.
Investigators are also examining the logbooks carried by officers on patrol to see if the officers had falsely claimed to have been out on patrol when actually relaxing in the apartment.

Source Citation:Roane, Kit R. "Officials Suspect Some Are Wrongly Accused in Sex Scandal." The New York Times (July 21, 1998): NA. General OneFile. Gale. Pasadena Public Library. 26 Aug. 2008



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