D.A. Bragg Announces Guilty Plea and Sentencing of Former NYPD Officer for Assault in Holding Cell

July 21, 2023

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the guilty plea and sentencing for former New York City Police Department (NYPD) Sergeant ADRIAN DEJESUS, 38, for assaulting an inmate inside a Manhattan Central Booking holding cell. DEJESUS pleaded guilty to one count of Official Misconduct; one count of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree; and one count of Attempted Assault in the Third Degree. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge and must attend a five-week anger management diversion class. DEJESUS was terminated by the NYPD in February after he pleaded guilty to Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree in a separate Staten Island case.

“Today former Sergeant Dejesus admitted to assaulting an individual in a holding cell and never reporting the incident. Members of the NYPD work hard day and night to keep us safe, and they must make quick and difficult decisions every day. In an instance where misconduct does occur, we must follow the facts to ensure the law is upheld and help build stronger law enforcement and community relations,” said District Attorney Bragg.

As admitted in his guilty plea, DEJESUS was assigned to Manhattan Central Booking in 100 Centre Street. On October 30, 2022, DEJESUS got into a verbal exchange with an inmate inside a holding cell awaiting arraignment. DEJESUS eventually entered the cell and pushed the victim repeatedly against the wall, dragged him across the floor and struck him in the face. DEJESUS did not report his use of force to his supervisors or complete any paperwork regarding the incident.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant D.A. Tavish DeAtley, under the supervision of Assistant D.A. Nick Viorst (Chief of the Police Accountability Unit). Current Police Accountability Unit Investigator Michael Greenwood is assisting with the case. Former Investigative Analyst Anna Fretz and former Police Accountability Investigator Genina Dapolita also assisted with the case.  

D.A. Bragg thanked NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau for their assistance.

Defendant Information:
Gastonia, North Carolina


  • Official Misconduct, a class A misdemeanor, one count
  • Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
  • Attempted Assault in the Third Degree, a class B misdemeanor, one count


  • Five-week anger management diversion class