Ex-officer admits taking bribes to protect brothel owners

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former Newark police officer has admitted he solicited and accepted thousands of dollars in bribes from brothel owners in exchange for protecting them from law enforcement. Federal prosecutors say Julio Rivera pleaded guilty Thursday to bribery and aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false personal tax return. The 50-year-old Old Bridge man faces up to 13 years in prison when he's sentenced April 30. Rivera started taking the payments in 2011 and continued through November 2016, accepting between $40,000 and $95,000 overall. In 2015, Rivera began sending his girlfriend to receive the payments. In text messages, he referred to the payments as “food.” 

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