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Alleged dirty DC cop cases not related says Lanier

5:13 PM, Dec 6, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The cases of two 7th district DC police officers accused of sexually exploiting teenage girls are not related, Chief Cathy Lanier said Friday.

"There is no connection that we are aware of between the two," Lanier said.

However at least one additional officer has been put on limited duty as the investigations continue to unfold, Lanier confirmed. She would not say who the officer is or why the officer's police powers are suspended.

32-year old officer Marc Washington has been charged with using his police powers to coerce a 15-year old runaway girl to submit to sexually explicit photos allegedly taken by Washington on his personal camera, according to charging documents filed in federal court Monday.  Washington was on duty and in uniform at the time, the charges say. A second officer has been suspended as part of the Metropolitan Police internal investigation, Lanier said. She did not provide details.  The second officer has not been charged.

A federal judge has ruled Washington can be released to intensively monitored home detention while he awaits trail as long as he puts up the deed to his Waldorf townhome as security. Washington remained in custody Friday evening.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate allegations made by a 16-year old runaway girl that veteran 7th district officer Lenwood Barnhill Jr. pimped her and other girls out for prostitution from his SE Washington apartment.  

Barnhill has been on limited duty since September due to an injury, Lanier said. She would not describe the injury to reporters. 

Barnhill has not been charged because the investigation is not complete, Lanier said.  Search warrant documents allege the girl submitted to photos which were posted on a website as an advertisement for prostitution. The victim claimed she was paid $80 and Barnhill took $20 for each prostitution encounter.

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