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NYPD cops busted in undercover sting operation driving ‘prostitutes’ to and from dates

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A pair of soiled cops had been caught in an undercover NYPD sting operation driving supposed high-priced escorts to and from their dates in alternate for hundreds of {dollars}, newly launched disciplinary data present. 

Former Officers Thomas Diorio and Michael Sardone of the 106th Precinct in Ozone Park, Queens had been busted earlier this 12 months when it was revealed the prostitute they had been driving round was really an undercover NYPD officer, in accordance to the data that had been not too long ago made public.

Sardone, who has since retired and was as soon as named “Cop of the Month” in 2015, was the topic of an unrelated investigation when one among his colleagues, posing as a prostitute, requested him in early April if he was in driving her and a couple of different ladies to dates as a result of their common driver was sick. 

“We’re not street girls, you know. We’re like high-end,” the undercover instructed Sardone in a recorded telephone name. 

“Sex for money. So it’s… simple. It’s just picking us up, dropping us off,” she defined in a subsequent assembly.

Sardone was instructed he’d be paid $1,000, and probably extra, and he mentioned he’d do it and that he had somebody who’d assist him out, data present. 

Sardone and Thomas Diorio were both members of the 106th Precinct.
Sardone and Thomas Diorio had been each members of the 106th Precinct.
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On three separate events in April and May, Diorio, a 20-year veteran with the NYPD, and Sardone met the undercover escorts at a diner car parking zone and drove them to and from accommodations in Manhattan and Queens, the data present. 

On the primary event on April 9, the undercover officer paid Sardone and Diorio $4,000 for a journey to and from a Manhattan lodge the place they met one other undercover cop, posing as a john, who additionally tipped the 2 officers $100 every. 

A couple of weeks later, the cops had been paid $2,000 for a similar service and had been requested once more to assist out in mid-May.

During that incident, the undercover officer instructed Sardone and Diorio she was assembly with a brand new consumer and they wanted to be ready to come up to the room in case issues went awry, which the cops agreed to. 

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea authorized Diorio’s dismissal from the drive this summer time.
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Shortly after they dropped the supposed working ladies off, Sardone acquired a textual content message asking him and Diorio to come up to the room as a result of the obvious john, additionally an NYPD undercover officer, was refusing to pay. 

“Can we square this up so we can get out of here … I mean it was talked about before so let’s just pay them their money,” Diorio instructed the john as each he and Sardone inspired the undercover intercourse purchaser to pay up, in accordance to the data.

The faux john acquiesced and forked over the $1,000, telling Diorio he “looks like a tough guy,” data present.

One of the feminine undercovers additionally instructed the “john” she was taking again her “coke” and then grabbed a number of baggies of what appeared to be medication from him and took them along with her again to the automotive with Sardone and Diorio. 

Sardone, caught in the operation, once won "Cop of the Month" six years ago.
Sardone, caught in the operation, as soon as received “Cop of the Month” six years in the past.
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The subsequent day, Sardone instructed the undercover he and Diorio had been nonetheless in working along with her however he most popular that there not be any medication concerned “in case they were pulled over,” the data state. 

In a scathing rebuke of Diorio following a division trial he was not current for, the assistant deputy commissioner for trials, Jeff Adler, referred to as his motion’s “egregious” and “repugnant.” 

“Respondent’s actions were not based on spur-of-the moment decisions made under highpressure situations; rather, he had time for deliberate reflection, and made the knowing and intentional choice to engage in criminal behavior. Respondent cannot claim inexperience as an excuse: he is just shy of 21 years with the Department. Respondent was plainly motivated by personal gain, and he did, indeed, receive monetary payment for his misconduct,” Adler wrote in the disciplinary file. 

“With his blatant disregard of the law that he is sworn to uphold, Respondent betrayed the public trust, and did damage to the Department’s mission, reputation, credibility and relationship with the community. His recent pattern of illegal behavior indicates that Respondent is unable to adhere to Department rules and standards.” 

He referred to as the actions of the third incident in May “particularly appalling” as a result of it confirmed Diorio, “a sworn police officer,” actively concerned in felony exercise that was taking place proper earlier than his eyes. 

“One of the core values of the Department is to fight crime, both by preventing it and aggressively pursuing violators of the law. There is nothing more repugnant to that mission than having those who are entrusted to uphold the law turn against it,” Adler wrote in recommending Diorio’s rapid dismissal, which police commissioner Dermot Shea granted in August. 

Sardone managed to retire earlier than his disciplinary listening to.

Jeff Adler, who was the assistant deputy commissioner for department trials, condemned the actions of the officers.
Jeff Adler, who was the assistant deputy commissioner for division trials, condemned the actions of the officers.
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A police supply with greater than 20 years on the job instructed The Post they had been livid over the incident and the unhealthy cops needs to be “arrested.”

“One of them was allowed to retire! He has the complexion for the protection,” the supply mentioned, in a reference to the cop’s race.

“If those were minority officers, they would have been fired and arrested,” they continued. “It gives a bad name to the department and you gotta continue cleaning the garbage out. They both should have been fired. That’s all everybody was talking about today.”

Calls to Diorio and Sardone went unreturned Wednesday. 

Additional reporting by Tina Moore and Craig McCarthy

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