QUEENS — A former housing bureau police officer was convicted Monday of trying to sleep with two undercover detectives posing as prostitutes.
Luis Gutierrez, 39, was on duty in February 2013 when he approached an undercover officer posing as a dancer on Astoria Boulevard and offered her money in exchange for sex, the Queens District Attorney’s Office charged.
Gutierrez, a 15-year veteran of the force who worked in the housing bureau, then called the detective the following day and offered more money to sleep with another undercover detective posing as a 16-year-old girl.
He then went to meet up with the women later in the day in a Wendy’s parking lot on Northern Boulevard, where he was arrested.
Gutierrez was immediately suspended from the department after his arrest and remained suspended, but not dismissed, after the conviction, an NYPD spokeswoman said.
“The defendant was a trusted member of the New York City Police Department,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement. “He was supposed to uphold the law, but instead was caught — while on duty — offering money to a woman for sexual favors.”
Gutierrez was found guilty of official misconduct, patronizing a prostitute and conspiracy after a four-day trial before Queens Criminal Court Judge Sephanie Zaro.
He is facing up to one year in jail.
The former officer’s lawyer did not return an immediate request for comment.