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Officer Is Charged With Protecting Prostitution Ring in Exchange for Sex

Brewster, a village of 2,400 people a little more than an hour north of New York City, has been the subject of sex-trafficking investigations before.

In February, The Journal News reported, a Queens man was charged with being a driver for a prostitution ring, a case also brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn. When he was arrested, according to prosecutors, the man had contact information for 383 Brewster clients in his cellphone.

It is not clear if that man — who pleaded guilty in July to one count of promotion of prostitution, court records show — was connected to the charges announced Tuesday, which include two unnamed co-conspirators recruited as drivers for the sex-trafficking organization.

Since around 2010, prosecutors said, Officer Peiffer directed members of the sex-trafficking organization and, later, the prostitution business to deliver women to him. According to the indictment, Mr. Cid Dominguez recruited two drivers to take women to Officer Peiffer for sexual services, for which Mr. Cid Dominguez paid.

Beginning in around April 2017, Mr. Godinez began driving women from the prostitution ring to Officer Peiffer, including to the Brewster police station, prosecutors said. In their detention filing Tuesday, prosecutors included excerpts from text messages between the two men, in which they discussed the women Mr. Godinez could provide the officer.

In July 2018, responding to a greeting from Officer Peiffer, Mr. Godinez wrote, “a good one.”

“Big?” Officer Peiffer asked.

“Yes,” Mr. Godinez wrote.

“Good,” Officer Peiffer replied. “Are you stopping at the station?”

Ed Shanahan contributed reporting.

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