NYPD cops had on-duty sex with hookers, investigator says

NYPD cops busted in a sprawling prostitution racket romped with hookers while on duty, the head of the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau said Thursday.

IAB Chief Joseph Reznick also said the alleged ringleader — retired NYPD Det. Ludwig Paz — apparently “just took a favor to that type of business” after working as a vice detective.

The investigation of Paz and seven alleged NYPD accomplices — dubbed “Operation Zap” — took more than three years due to its highly sensitive nature, Reznick said during an afternoon news conference at NYPD headquarters in Lower Manhattan.

“Unlike many other types of investigations, internal investigations require the highest level of confidentiality and very discreet methods of obtaining records and various things that we needed during the course of our investigation,” Reznick said.

“Any leaks about our cases could have [had] detrimental effects.”

Reznick said the probe began in April 2015, based on a tip from a cop who suspected “that someone who may be involved in illegal activities was having conversations with someone in the Vice Enforcement Division.”

“That someone turned out to be a retired detective: Ludwig Paz,” Reznick said.

Reznick said Paz, who retired in 2010, used his ties to the NYPD to recruit cops who funneled information to him about “active and ongoing” investigations.

“They misused computers by conducting unauthorized inquires on people and locations,” he said.

During arraignments Thursday of the cops charged in the case, Queens prosecutors said two of them — Sgt. Carlos Cruz and Officer Giancarlo Raspanti — got sex on the house at brothels run by Paz and his wife, Arelis Peralta.

The cops only had to tip the hookers that serviced them $20 each time, prosecutors said.

“They patronized prostitutes on and off duty,” Reznick said.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said the cops busted in the scheme “tarnished the NYPD shields that they wore” and “diminished the great work of tens of thousands of honest, honorable and ethical cops.”

“Am I angry? Of course, I’m angry, as are all 36,000 hardworking cops,” O’Neill said.

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