A Suffolk County police officer was arrested Thursday for allegedly forcing a woman to perform a sex act on him in the First Precinct station house five months ago, federal authorities said.
Christopher McCoy, 38, of Sayville, was charged with violating the civil rights of a woman he arrested in March. He will be arraigned at Central Islip federal court.
“While in custody, this woman didn’t deserve to be allegedly abused and degraded
by a sworn public servant,” said William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office.
“Police officers are held to a high standard, as they should be, and they certainly don’t have the authority to disrespect any human being,” he said. “This type of conduct threatens the reputation of the vast majority of law enforcement officials who serve each day with honor and integrity.”
Prosecutors said the officer had arrested the woman for having outstanding warrants following a traffic stop in Wyandanch on March 16. While the officer and victim were alone in the precinct’s juvenile room in West Babylon, he forced her to perform oral sex on him, authorities said. The victim reported the abuse to the FBI after being released.
The victim had filed a $40 million federal lawsuit against the officer, his partner and the county in May. Police have said that McCoy was suspended without pay since April.
When FBI agents interviewed the officer, he initially denied having sexual contact with the victim, but after he was told that they had a warrant to collect a DNA sample from him, he admitted he had oral sex with her, according to court documents. His DNA was a likely match to a semen stain on the victim’s shirt, according to investigators.
The officer’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment. Police reportedly said they plan to fire McCoy.
The FBI asks anyone who may have also been a victim of Officer McCoy to call them at 212-384-2166.