The cop busted for spying with a surveillance camera was actually peeping on his own stepdaughter for sexual gratification, officials revealed Monday.
Police Officer Miguel Gomez, 41, secretly watched the 21-year-old getting dressed and having sex between May 28 and July 15 in the home she shared with the cop and her mom in the Bronx, according to court papers.
But his lawyer said Monday that prosecutors have just a single recording of the victim. It was taken in the bathroom and no sexual activity was recorded, said Mark Panzavecchia, Gomez’s attorney.
“He denies it all,” Panzavecchia said. “We’re going to take a hard look at the evidence.”
Gomez, who has been on the force eight years, was arraigned in Bronx Supreme Court Friday on three counts of unlawful surveillance.
He was released without bail. A judge barred him from being in contact with his stepdaughter. Gomez could not be reached for comment.
“I’m in total shock,” said a neighbor. “He’s a cop. He was so respectable.”
Gomez hasn’t been the only city cop to land in hot water recently:
Three off-duty officers faced drunken-driving charges after the St. Patrick’s Day weekend:
-- Detective Washington Mosquera, 37, hit a stopped FDNY ambulance in East New York, Brooklyn, about 1:30 a.m. Monday, police sources said.
Nobody was injured, but Mosquera was charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a Breathalyzer test.
-- On Sunday, Officer Joseph King, 28, was arrested after allegedly crashing his 2006 Acura into a parked vehicle on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Astoria, Queens, about 4:25 a.m.
Two women in the other vehicle were hospitalized for pain to their neck, back and legs.
King, who prosecutors say had an open bottle of Bacardi rum in his car, was arraigned on charges of drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
He was freed on $2,500 bail.
-- Also on Sunday, Officer Dennis Munge, 32, crashed his 2011 Toyota into a traffic median and several parked vehicles in Jackson Heights, Queens, about 4:45 a.m., prosecutors said.
He was arraigned Sunday on a drunken driving rap and released without bail.
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