DA Vance: NYPD Officer Convicted of Perjury, Official Misconduct Related to Unlawful 2014 Arrest


June 27, 2018

Conviction Follows Sentencing of P.O. Nysia Stroud and Indictment of P.O. Johnny Diaz Earlier This Week in Separate Misconduct Cases

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty plea of SASHA CORDOBA, 35, for making false statements in court documents and in court proceedings related to a 2014 arrest in Washington Heights, and for conducting an illegal search in relation to the arrest. The defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to one count of Perjury in the First Degree and one count of Official Misconduct. She was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

On April 19, 2018, co-defendant KEVIN DESORMEAU, 34, pleaded guilty in New York Supreme Court to one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and Official Misconduct relating to the same arrest. He was sentenced to three years of probation and 10 days of community service.

“Now more than ever, it is essential that members of law enforcement build positive and productive relationships with the communities we serve – but we can only do so to the extent that we earn the public’s trust,” said District Attorney Vance. “These defendants have violated that trust, using falsified documents, perjured testimony, and an unauthorized search to bring about an unlawful arrest. When law enforcement officers commit this kind of misconduct, they not only undermine the integrity, credibility, and progress of the justice system; they also drive a wedge between our offices and the citizens we are sworn to protect. I would like to thank my office’s Public Corruption Unit for their work on this case and for all that they do to improve public trust in our justice system.”

According to documents filed in court, statements made on the record, and the defendants’ guilty pleas, on November 6, 2014, CORDOBA and DESORMEAU—two New York City Police Officers—arrested a 38-year-old man inside of a residential building on West 175th Street for possessing a gun. They then claimed to their supervisor, to an Assistant District Attorney, and in paperwork filed with the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, that the man had threatened another person with the firearm and that they observed the gun in his waistband at the time of the arrest. CORDOBA repeatedly attested to those facts: first in a Criminal Court Complaint; then in a search warrant application, which was later signed by a judge; and, again in testimony before a grand jury, which led to the 38-year-old arrestee’s indictment.

Interviews, surveillance video, and text messages between DESORMEAU and another individual revealed the defendants’ claims to be false, and the search of the apartment and the subsequent recovery of the firearm to be unlawful. As a result, the underlying weapons possession case was dismissed.

Yesterday, in an unrelated case, NYSIA STROUD, a New York City police officer assigned to the NYPD’s Fleet Services Division, was sentenced to eight years in state prison for transporting marijuana and more than one kilogram of cocaine in exchange for money. On May 17, 2018, a New York State Supreme Court jury found STROUD guilty of each count in the indictment against her: two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree and four counts of Official Misconduct.

On Monday, June 25, JOHNNY DIAZ, a New York City police officer assigned to the NYPD’s 34th Precinct’s Anti-Crime Unit, was indicted for helping to transport a kilogram of cocaine in exchange for $4,000.

Assistant D.A. Robert Cannata handled the prosecution of the CORDOBA and DESORMEAU matter under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Julio Cuevas Jr., Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption Unit, and Luke Rettler, Chief of the Public Corruption Unit, as well as Executive Assistant D.A. Michael Sachs, Chief of the Investigation Division. Assistant D.A. Kaegan Marie Mays-Williams, Senior Rackets Investigator Christo Christonikos, Supervising Rackets Investigator Alexander Farrugia, Chief Investigator Walter Alexander, Investigative Analyst Jaycee Parker, and former Investigative Analyst Dina Ljekperic also provided valuable assistance with the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked the detectives of the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau for their assistance with the investigation.

Defendant Information:

SASHA CORDOBA, D.O.B. 5/13/1983

Queens, NY

Convicted:

  • Perjury in the First Degree, a class D felony, one count
  • Official Misconduct, a class A misdemeanor, one count

Sentenced:

  • 60 days in jail

KEVIN DESORMEAU, D.O.B. 7/11/1983

Bay Shore, NY

Convicted:

  • Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a class E felony, one count
  • Official Misconduct, a class A misdemeanor, one count

Sentenced:

  • Three years of probation
  • 10 days of community service