NEW YORK. – Federal District Court Judge of the East District in Brooklyn, Kiyo Matsumoto, sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in jail to former Puerto Rican lieutenant Eugenio Pérez, who was a supervisor of custodial guards at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MCC ), the federal prison in Brooklyn in which he raped several Dominican inmates and some other countries, who were imprisoned for drug trafficking and illegal stay in the United States.
Pérez committed the abuses almost daily in complicity with Dominican officer Armando Moronta, who pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to 10 years in October 2018.
Another victim is the Ecuadorian Gladys Sánchez Loqui, who also testified at the trial.
“Thank you very much for coming forward and telling your truth,” the judge told a Dominican woman identified in court with Jane Doe 3. “The jury heard you,” the judge added to the victim.
“All I did was tell the truth,” the woman replied sobbing.
Four women testified separately that they were forced to practice oral sex with Pérez in 2016 while in custody at the MCC.
The former lieutenant, 49, was arrested after all the women gave similar and coincidental descriptions about the size of Perez’s penis, which he described as “disgusting” and “huge,” for which he was nicknamed “Horse,” and the Federal investigators obtained a court order that forced him to take off his pants to verify what was said by the raped inmates.
“I was not circumcised. It is very large, and like a hook. It is huge and curved, ”one of his victims testified during the two-week trial.
Another described Perez’s penis as a “very strong smell” that almost made her vomit.
The jurors, who were forced to look at pictures of the penis, found Pérez guilty of 23 charges, including aggravated sexual abuse and sexual abuse of prisoners in his custody.
Perez wept bitterly when he pleaded for clemency to the court and maintained his innocence.
“I ask for mercy, not only for myself but for my family,” the former Puerto Rican lieutenant cried through tears.
Judge Matsumoto declined to sentence the former officer to life imprisonment, which prosecutors requested.
“These women were vulnerable and Mr. Pérez told them more than once, do not report this, and if they do, no one will believe them,” said the judge before condemning him.
As part of the sentence, Pérez will also have to register as a sex offender at the New York State Violator Data Bank.
His lawyer said he plans to appeal the sentence, calling it “unfair.”