After listening to evidence for a week, a New York grand jury has charged two officers in the New York Police Department with the first-degree rape of an 18-year old woman.
On September 15, Brooklyn South narcotics detectives Eddie Martins, 37, and Richard Hall, 32, pulled over a auto carrying three people.
Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun released Martins on $250,000 bail and Hall on $150,000. "There's a lack of credibility of the alleged victim", he said. "The officers instructed the three occupants", including two male passengers, "to step out of the auto and [they] asked if they had any drugs on them" and the "young woman responded she had marijuana and two Klonopin pills", it is alleged in the statement.
According to prosecutors, the officers then told the woman to call her friends and instruct them not to follow.
According to Stephen Davis, spokesman for the NYPD, following the victim's testimony, both officers have been suspended Friday and demoted from their detective role, while being stripped of their shields and guns. It is alleged that Detective Martins forced the handcuffed teen to perform a sex act on him while seated in the back seat of the van as Detective Hall drove and watched through the rear view mirror.
When Martin finished, he allegedly ejaculated onto her stomach before Hall got in the back and let Martin drive the van.
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Threatening to take her to the police station if she didn't comply, both cops forced Chambers to perform oral sex on them, and one raped her vaginally, said David. Hall and Martins then allegedly dropped the victim off a few blocks from the 60th Precinct and told her to call her friends.
The detectives handcuffed her and told her she was under arrest, according to the investigation.
"There was zero consent", the teen's lawyer, Michael David, said. "For them to go ahead and blame her is ridiculous". "The idea that there was any kind of forceable attack is not true". "They took a oath to protect and serve, but allegedly violated that oath by raping a young woman who was in their custody", acting-DA Eric Gonzalez said. "We will now seek to hold them accountable for this flagrant betrayal of public trust".
It is now not illegal for a law enforcement official to have sex with someone in their custody. "It seems to me that the DA is not fully invested in the accuser's account", said Martins' attorney, Mark Bederow.
Hall and Martins will appear in court on January 18th.
"To think that these are grown men, in a position of power over an 18-year-old girl, for them to go ahead and blame her is ridiculous, it's demeaning and it speaks to, in my opinion, desperation", Gonzalez said.