Alberto Randazzo, who served as a sergeant in the NYPD for 15 years in the Midtown North precinct, admitted to child sex abuse.
MIDTOWN, Manhattan — An NYPD officer previously stationed in the Midtown North Precinct pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually exploiting children and buying child pornography, a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice said.
The officer, 39-year-old Alberto Randazzo, had served as a sergeant in the NYPD for 15 years. He was outed after a witness found texts and emails in his phone in which he asked mothers to film themselves abusing their children for his pleasure. Randazzo pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to sexually exploit a child and one count of buying child pornography. He faces 15 to 30 years for each count.
Randazzo would go to dating websites like Ashley Madison and Match.com to find women who would abuse their children so he could view it, according to prior court statements. He did this for at least three years, from 2010 to 2013. In February 2013, a witness caught his texts and emails with the mothers molesting their children and confronted him.
“When the witness confronted him, Randazzo admitted his sexual interest in mothers having sex with their children,” the DOJ statement said.
Internal affairs at NYPD got a search warrant for the sergeant’s apartment based on the evidence they had from the texts and emails, and they found several photos and videos of child pornography in his apartment. Many of the pieces of pornography were created by him, the DOJ said.
Randazzo was charged in Queens Criminal Court, but while he was out on bail, Homeland Security Investigations agents found he had downloaded approximately 30 videos of child pornography. They arrested him, and federal authorities took over the investigation.
Randazzo’s attorney did not immediately return a request for comment.