Ex-NYPD cop sentenced for running prostitution ring

A former Marine and ex-cop was sentenced to 5​ 1/2 years behind bars Wednesday for pimping out a bevy ​of ​hookers​ ​–​ ​one of whom was just 16-years-old.

Eduardo Cornejo’s lawyer tried to blame his client’s wrongdoings on his fragile masculinity​ ​– claiming a miscarriage and ​then ​being “shunned” by his wife had pushed him into pimping.

“He was a good cop, for most of his career,” defense attorney Michael Padden argued. “The beginning of this spiral was the miscarriage, when his world really started to fall apart.”

“The problems in his marriage really led him to seek comfort in the arms of a prostitute,” Padden continued. “He was shunned by his wife, the whole thing kind of emasculated him.”

“This isn’t some high-priced escort service,” he added as an aside. “This is a step above what would colloquially be referred to as street walking.”

But Brooklyn federal court ​J​udge Brian Cogan wasn’t buying it.

“I don’t want to minimize the effect on a person or on a marriage of having a stillborn child, but it happens to people,” the ju​dge said. “And they don’t all just fall out of the tree, as Mr. Cornejo did.”

“Miscarriages happen to people, and I’m not seeing the causal connection between having a bad event and becoming the facilitator for a ring of prostitutes,” Cogan retorted. “I don’t see what one has to do with the other, other than that Mr. Cornejo is just not a very strong individual.”

While Cornejo admitted to sleeping with some of the women, he insisted he never had sex with the 16-year-old.

Cogan was especially disturbed by the involvement of the young woman, who he said is certainly “now in a worse place for [Cornejo] having ‘assisted’ her.”

“I’m not only embarrassed, I’m also ashamed,” the 35-year-old told the court, touting himself as a reformed man. “I betrayed the trust of my family, my community, my city, and it will continue to bury me for the rest of my life.”

​P​rosecutor Alex Solomon said the disgraced cop would dutifully leave his desk job and take to the streets, like something “very much out of a 1980s Martin Scorsese film.”

Cornejo was also sentenced to five years post-release supervision, and will have to register as a sex offender.

The ex-cop was originally freed on bond following his Feb. 2016 arrest, but thrown behind bars in August of the same year when authorities discovered he was still hustling…

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