2007-03-02 / Community

'Fake' McCoy Guilty Of Raping Two Women

Posed As Law Enforcement To Fool Victims
By Brian Magoolaghan

Eric McCoy of Far Rockaway posed as a law enforcement officer in order to rape two women. He pleaded guilty this week and will be sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Eric McCoy of Far Rockaway posed as a law enforcement officer in order to rape two women. He pleaded guilty this week and will be sentenced to 15 years in prison.

A Far Rockaway man who posed as a police officer in order to lure women to motel rooms and rape them pleaded guilty on Monday and will spend 15 years in prison for his crimes, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Eric McCoy, 37, of 147 Beach 26 Street, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree rape and admitted he posed as a member of law enforcement to rape a 27-year-old woman on December 4, 2006 and a 17-year-old woman on January 2 of this year.

"This is a reminder for people to make certain that anyone calling themselves a law enforcement officer - especially if they are not wearing a uniform - shows official identification," said Brown.

In the first rape, McCoy approached the 27-year-old victim as she got off a bus at near Rockaway and Sutphin Boulevards, produced his phony police ID and said he was an investigator. As he questioned his victim, he searched her bag and produced what appeared to be marijuana. He then put her up against the wall and pretended to radio his backup. He told the woman he was taking her to a surveillance room and hailed a cab to a motel nearby. That's where he beat her with a belt and raped her under the threat of being arrested. He then escorted her out of the motel and told her to go home before jumping into a cab.

About a month later, McCoy approached his 17-year-old victim at the corner of Main Street and Union Turnpike and pulled the same act, pulling his phony ID and identifying himself as an investigator. He said he was armed and that he was taking the woman for questioning. He took the teenager to a different motel in Jamaica and proceeded to question her. As part of his sinister act, McCoy took notes, acted like he was radioing information, searched the victim's belongings. He then told her she was in very serious trouble, suggested that she may not be able to see her parents again - and said he could shoot her at any time. He then raped her under threat of being arrested.

A 15-year-old girl barely escaped being his second victim on January 2, when he approached her at the corner of Beach 25 Street and Seagirt Boulevard. That incident resulted in the suspension of two NYPD officers who were reprimanded for their bungled investigation into the matter.

All of the women's names were withheld due to the nature of the crimes.

McCoy, a registered sex offender, was arrested January 3, after one of his victims told police her attacker referred to himself as "Investigator McCoy."

Judge Pauline Mullings is set to sentence McCoy on March 19.

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