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Thursday, January 31, 2008

More On Teen Pimp Cop

Queens cop and his wife charged with turning girl, 13, into a hooker

Thursday, January 31st 2008, 4:00 AM

An NYPD detective and his prostitute girlfriend pimped out a 13-year-old runaway after "buying" her for $500 - and beat her when she didn't make enough money, authorities said Wednesday.

Wayne Taylor, 35, a father of three and former Queens narcotics cop, and Zelika Brown were busted Tuesday night at a Holiday Inn near JFK Airport where they had ordered a prostitute to slap the girl for talking to clients too much.

The girl ran away from her Brooklyn home on Jan. 10 and soon met a woman named Drama who offered to help her make money dancing at parties, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Drama took her to Zelika Brown's Jamaica home, where she ran a brothel, the DA said. Zelika Brown, 29, told the girl that she and her "husband," Taylor, bought her for $500, police said.

The NYPD put out the girl's photo Jan. 16 in the hopes of locating the runaway - not knowing that one of their own allegedly held her captive.

With Taylor, a 14-year NYPD veteran, serving as muscle, the couple took the girl to a party in a Queens barbershop. They instructed her to tell johns she was 19 and ordered her to charge $40 for oral sex and $80 for intercourse, the DA said.

The girl and another prostitute, Krystal Tudy, 18, gave the money they made to Brown, Tudy told cops. For more than two weeks, Brown and Taylor kept the girl prisoner, forcing her to have sex with numerous men at parties throughout the city, according to prosecutors.

Brown punished the girl for not earning enough money by slamming her head into the floor while other prostitutes beat her, authorities said.

Taylor said that if she didn't work off the $500 "debt" she owed to them, he would make her walk the streets to earn the cash, the DA said.

If she tried to escape, Taylor allegedly warned, she would set off an alarm in the house.

"This case is every parent and every child's worst nightmare made even more frightening by the fact that one of the defendants is a police officer who swore to uphold the law and protect the community he serves," the district attorney said.

The Daily News is withholding the 13-year-old victim's name because she is the victim of a sex crime.

Zelika Brown told police that she ran a prostitution business and that Taylor served as driver and bodyguard. Taylor claims that he worked only as a driver for Taylor's exotic dancers.

Dressed in a fur-trimmed leather hoodie, a black miniskirt and knee-high boots, the tangerine-haired Brown pleaded not guilty last night to charges of kidnapping, promoting prostitution, assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Taylor, whose mother, father and pastor were in the Queens courtroom, pleaded not guilty to identical charges. They were both held on $250,000 bail.

Tudy was awaiting arraignment last night on charges of promoting prostitution, assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Taylor had been reassigned to the NYPD's Housing Bureau after he took home a police car without permission while working in the Narcotics Division, a source said. Although Taylor told investigators that he spends most nights at the Queens brothel, his landlord said he is a family man.

The front yard of the Staten Island rowhouse he shares with his wife and three young children - two of them girls - is littered with a bicycle, a Barbie car and other toys. "He doesn't look like a bad guy," said the landlord, Joseph Baburashbil, who lives next door.

With Edgar Sandoval, Kerry Burke and Oren Yaniv

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