'Investigator' Who Raped Two Women Gets 15 Years In Prison
By Brian Magoolaghan
A registered sexual predator from our area, who posed as an investigator and "ordered" women to go with him to motel rooms where he raped them, was sentenced this week for his crimes, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.
Eric McCoy, 37, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of first degree rape and was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison by Queens Criminal Court Judge Pauline Mullings.
McCoy, who lived with his family on Beach 26 Street in Far Rockaway, admitted that he posed as a member of law enforcement to rape a 27-year-old woman last December and a 17-year-old woman on January 2, 2007.
A 15-year-old girl who was hanging out at a laundromat on Seagirt Boulevard on January 2 may have barely escaped becoming another victim when an onlooker saw McCoy doing his routine and called police. The felonious phony was able to slip away because he didn't raise the cops' suspicion, but he was nabbed a few days later when one of his victims remembered that he identified himself as "Investigator McCoy" and investigators did a search of registered sex offenders with that name.
"Justice in this case has been swift and certain," said Brown in a prepared statement that announced the sentencing. "In the course of just three months, the defendant has been arrested, pleaded guilty and has now been sentenced to a lengthy state prison term.
"The defendant posed as a police officer to gain the trust of victims and then took advantage of them when they were most vulnerable. This case is a reminder for the public to always make certain that anyone calling themselves a law enforcement officer shows official identification," the district attorney added.
McCoy admitted that he approached his 27-year-old victim as she got off a bus near Rockaway and Sutphin Boulevards, showed her his fake police ID and said he was an investigator. He then questioned the woman as a police officer might and searched her bag, producing what appeared to be marijuana.
McCoy put the woman against the wall, pretended to radio for backup and said he was taking her to a surveillance room. He proceeded to hail a cab to a motel room, where he beat her with a belt and raped her under the threat of being arrested. Afterwards, he escorted her out of the motel, told her to walk home and took off in a taxi.
The fake cop approached the 17-year-old victim about a month later on the corner of Main Street and Union Turnpike and pulled essentially the same act. He told the woman he was armed and was taking her for questioning. McCoy brought the young woman to a different motel in Jamaica, where he questioned her while taking notes and pretending to radio back information. He then told his victim that she was in very serious trouble, said she may never see her parents again - and said he could shoot her at any time. McCoy then raped her.
The victims' names were withheld by law enforcement due to the nature of the crimes.
McCoy, who also used the alias Mack Cedrick, was convicted of his first sex offense in February of 1994, according to the New York State Sex Offender Registry. His profile on the agency's website, www.CriminalJustice.State. NY.US, lists his address as 1414 Hazen Street in East Elmhurst aka Rikers Island, and not his address in Rockaway. The inaccuracy, which kept McCoy - perhaps the most dangerous sexual predator on the peninsula - out of The Wave's annual sex offender report last November. The matter was brought to the registry's attention after McCoy was arrested in January. A spokesperson for the registry explained that the sex offenders themselves are responsible for keeping their information current. The address was never updated, an issue rendered moot by McCoy's imprisonment.