By Scott McCabe
D.C. police are investigating whether one of their own officers was running a prostitution ring after investigators found a runaway girl and other young women at his home in Southeast Washington.
According to documents filed in federal court, a 16-year-old girl who had gone missing told police that the officer bought sexy clothes for her and set up a “date” for her with an older white male for $80. The girl, who had been missing for a week, told police that six other women had also worked out of the home in the 3066 Stanton Road SE.
The incident comes just four days after the arrest of another D.C. police officer who was accused of taking nude pictures of a runaway teenager after she returned home. Police are investigating whether the two cases are related.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier released a statement Thursday saying she is “very concerned” about the recent allegations of “egregious conduct” by two officers involving missing girls.
Lanier said she recognized that the actions of the officers reflect on the entire department.
“The misguided actions of a few in no way reflect on the professionalism, dedication, and integrity of the department,” Lanier said. “As we have seen several times this year with three officers shot in the line of duty, MPD officers put their lives on the line every single day to protect residents and visitors in the District of Columbia. That will not change.”
On Wednesday, internal affairs officers searched the Stanton Road apartment as part of an investigation into a missing juvenile. The officer, who is not named in the search warrant, answered the door, and the investigators found a missing 16-year-old girl and 18-year-old female, as well as marijuana, according to the search warrant.
Investigators also found a white container and a black bag full of condoms, police said.
The girl told police that the officer took fully nude pictures of her in sparkly high heels, and told her that for prostitution purposes her name would be “Juicy,” court document said. At least six other young women worked out of the home, the girl said, and they explained to her how the business worked and how much money they made from having sex with men.
The officer set up a date with a man who liked her pictures, and told the girl that she should charge $80, of which $20 would go back to the officer, according to court documents.
The officer in question serves Washington’s 7th District.
Another 7D officer on Monday was charged with production of child pornography for allegedly taking nude pictures of a 15-year-old runaway girl after she had returned home. Police said Marc Washington told the girl the photos were part of the investigation.