A night out at a Staten Island Comfort Inn transformed into a nightmare for an off-duty corrections officer. He had no idea it would land him in jail.
Cops say Saturday night, 41-year-old James Ferry-Vasquez visiting the motel. He had no idea police were conducting a sting, when he tried to hire a prostitute.
At about 7:30 PM, cops collard him at the Comfort Inn on Wild Avenue, near the Staten Island Expressway, said police. The man, who was identified as a member of law enforcement, was charged with a misdemeanor for patronizing a prostitute.
A Correction Department spokesman says James Ferry-Vasquez began working for the Corrections Department a little over one year ago. An internal investigation is underway. The suspect faces disciplinary actions and possible termination.
A spokesman for the Correction Department said Ferry-Vasquez, who was hired a little over a year ago, could face disciplinary charges or possible termination pending an internal investigation.
“The vast majority of Department of Correction staff perform their duties with the highest level of integrity and Commissioner (Joseph) Ponte has zero tolerance for those who don’t,” the spokesman said.