The wife of a Boca Raton police officer was one of two women arrested in connection with a local prostitution ring, authorities said Wednesday.
The officer, Samuel McCoy, is the husband of Denise McCoy, 34, who was charged along with Sara Marin, 42, in a prostitution and money-laundering scheme. Boca Police Chief Dan Alexander said Wednesday that Samuel McCoy has been put on paid administrative leave.
“It’s very early [in the investigation],” Alexander said.
Samuel McCoy, 31, was suspended twice in 2011. In April, he was suspended for 36 hours for taking pictures of his genital area while on duty. McCoy said he had a medical condition that he needed to document. He said he never sent the photos to anyone and they were deleted.
In July 2011, he was suspended for 84 hours for looking at pornography on his city-issued computer. He said he was looking for jujitsu videos online and clicked on other links that “piqued my interest.”
That investigation began after a city official found out that Samuel McCoy was part of an adult social networking site for swingers.
McCoy’s wife was arrested after a Brazilian woman helped police unearth the local prostitution ring.
According to Boca Raton Police, the woman told immigration agents that she had been forced into a life of prostitution for nine months. According to a probable cause affidavit, the woman said she met Marin, 42, of Boynton Beach, who offered her a job with her escort service and said no sex was involved.
The woman ultimately called Marin and her Brazilian partner, Denise McCoy, of Boca Raton, to start working. After several lunch and dinner dates where there was no sex expected, the woman told police Denise McCoy drove her to an apartment in Boca Raton to meet a date.
That date said he expected sex, so the woman refused and called Denise McCoy, who threatened to have the woman jailed as an illegal immigrant if she didn’t comply.
The woman told police Denise McCoy and Marin advertised several girls using Backpage.com, an online classified website where there are few restrictions on advertised services, and arranged for them to have sex with johns at apartments at 22312 Calibre Court and 22042 Boca Place Drive in two shifts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The prostitutes collected $200 per hour plus tips, and split the cash evenly with McCoy and Marin, according to the affidavit. The woman told police she worked six days per week, having sex with anywhere from 6 to 12 men per day.
Police later found Marin had registered her escort business with the state of Florida, based at one of the apartments under the name Sara’s Entertainment Service LLC.
Police set up surveillance at both apartments over several months and report seeing women entering the apartments for long periods, followed by a stream of men who spent 10 minutes to 1 hour each inside.
The women were seen handing something to Denise McCoy, who then drove to a Bank of America ATM, or to a Boynton Beach home where police say Marin lived. They stopped several johns who confirmed they paid for sex acts in the apartments.
In one undercover operation, a Boca Raton Police investigator paid $200 and McCoy masturbated for 10 to 15 minutes. In another, a sergeant paid $150 for oral sex and intercourse with Marin, but created a “ruse” in order to leave. When Boca police subpoenaed bank records for Denise McCoy, they found 62 cash deposits totaling $29,640.38 between March and November 2012. Marin’s bank records for three accounts showed deposits totaling $40,779, $36,940, $35,885 and $11,723 between January and September 2012, with some of the money apparently moving between Marin’s accounts.
Denise McCoy and Marin were jailed Tuesday evening on pimping and money laundering charges, and remained in the Palm Beach County Jail without bail late Wednesday.