NYC Detectives Accused of Raping Handcuffed Suspect

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Two New York City police detectives were indicted for allegedly raping a handcuffed 18-year-old woman in a van after arresting her, the Wall Street Journal reports. Detectives Eddie Martins, 37, and Richard Hall, 32, face a 50-count indictment stemming from the alleged sexual assault last month, said acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. The charges, which Martins denied, include first-degree rape and kidnapping, coercion, official misconduct, and receiving a bribe. The detectives were assigned to a narcotics squad and were on duty in plainclothes as part of a buy-and-bust operation. They allegedly left their post without permission and pulled over a car driven by the 18-year-old woman and carrying two male passengers, prosecutors said. The detectives found some marijuana.

The male passengers were allowed to leave, but the detectives arrested the woman and took her to their van, where Martins allegedly told her they were “freaks” and asked her what she was willing to do to be released, prosecutors said. Prosecutors allege that the detectives raped the handcuffed teenager and took turns forcing her to perform sex acts in the back of the police van. New York state law doesn’t explicitly bar police officers from having sex while on duty, said Eugene O’Donnell, a John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor and former NYPD officer. “It’s an obvious gap in the statute. It’s not specifically enumerated for people who are in custody,” he said. “These guys have a freebie … to say it’s consensual, because you’re not exposed to criminal liability to say that.”

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