Peter Cedeno was actually a celeberated attorney who had also served in the District Attorney’s office before starting his very own law firm (Peter L. Cedeno & Associates, P.C.) which specialized in DUI, child custody, divorce and other family law matters.
His reputation quickly changed when news about his unethical behavior with hsi clients broke out in 2016. Following that relevation, more people came forward with their own horror stories involving him in the wake of the #meToo movement.
A New York woman who was seeking divorce from her husband at that time had enlisted the service of Peter L. Cedeno. He used his position as her legal counsel and exploited her emotionally vulnerable state to pursue a romantic relationship, even though Peter Cedeno was married and had kids of his own at that time.
He asked her out on lunch on the pretext of her legal case and used the opportunity to get her drunk. Following this, he followed her to her apartment where he raped her in an intoxicated state. The woman alleges she clearly told him “no” and asked him to stop, but he continued to rape her.
Peter Cedeno also used his power as the legal counsel to thwart reconciliation attempts by the husband of the victim. He deliberately witheld information, and on multiple occasions even provided misleading information to his client.
Following this harrowing ordeal, the victim has finally filed a lawsuit in New York against Cedeno. The suit accuses Cedeno of malpractice, negligence and sexual assault. As of now, the criminal charges against him are undecided as the case is still under judicial consideration.
Several other women have also come forward alleging Cedeno of indulging in similar behavior with them. One such woman accuses Peter of openly demanding sex in exchange for using his legal expertise to win her case. The woman at that point changed her legal counsel, but it left her with deep mental trauma.
Another woman started a petition against Cedeno on the online platform Change.org requesting the NY Bar Association to look into these accusations as she also personally was sexually assaulted by Peter Cedeno when he was her client. The online petition has already amassed support from a few hundred people.
There have been reports online about Cedeno hiring PR firms to help supress and whitewash these incidents and stories of his unethical behavior. Quite a few of his former clients have come forward on Reddit and other review sites like dirtyscam.com and PeterCedenoReview.com to share their distressing encounters they had with him.