Detective who lied about Queens man’s drug arrest confesses to falsifying a gun bust in Manhattan

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A disgraced detective convicted of perjuring himself about a Queens man’s drug arrest paid the price on Thursday for faking his way through a gun arrest in Manhattan nearly four years ago.

The New York Daily News reported that Kevin Desormeau, 34, formerly assigned to the NYPD Gang Unit, admitted in a Manhattan courtroom on April 19 that he lied about the Nov. 6, 2014 arrest of a purportedly armed man outside a building on West 175th Street in Washington Heights. A judge ordered him to serve three years’ probation and perform 10 days of community service.

Desormeau’s court appearance came two weeks after he was sentenced in Queens to three years’ probation and a $500 fine for lying under oath about making a narcotics arrest in Springfield Gardens back in August of 2014.

Regarding the Manhattan case, the Daily News reported that Desormeau and Police Officer Sasha Cordoba entered a man’s apartment without obtaining a warrant and found a gun. Investigators later determined that Desormeau falsified paperwork in making the arrest, and the charges against the man were dropped.

In the Queens case, Desormeau and Detective Sasha Neve arrested a man whom they claimed was peddling drugs at the corner of Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and 108th Avenue on the night of Aug. 28, 2014. The man wound up spending 51 days on Rikers Island before being released on bail.

Following his release, the man’s attorney provided the Queens District Attorney’s office with evidence proving that he was inside a nearby bar playing pool at the time when Desormeau and Neve claimed they arrested him. The security camera footage showed the man inside the bar, then being escorted out of it moments later by Desormeau.

Detectives determined that Desormeau had lied in sworn testimony before a grand jury and at other hearings that he had witnessed the man in question engaging in a drug deal before taking him into custody. The charges against the man were later dismissed.

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