A D.C. police officer accused of “pimping” a missing teenage girl out of his apartment has been arrested, police said.
Linwood Barnhill Jr., a 24-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department, faces two counts of pandering of a minor. He is expected to appear in court later today.
The arrest comes the morning after another D.C. police officer facing child pornography charges died after being pulled from the near freezing waters of Hains Point. Police are investigating whether the two cases are connected.
“As disheartening as it is to have members of this department involved in this type of conduct, I take solace in knowing that it was members of this department who worked tirelessly to ensure that they were brought to justice,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said in a release.
Officer Barnhill, Jr. joined the Metropolitan Police Department in 1989 and has been placed on administrative leave. Barnhill has been on desk duty since September 2012 because of a separate incident.
According to court documents, police investigating the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl found her at Barnhill’s apartment in Southeast Washington last week.
The girl told police that Barnhill had arranged for her to engage in sex acts with a man for $80, documents said. He took fully nude pictures of her in sparkly high heels, and told her that her working name would be “Juicy,” court document said.
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.
News of Barnhill’s arrest comes the morning after police pulled one of their colleagues, Officer Marc Washington, from the Washington Channel. Washington, who was facing charges of production of child pornography, was taken to a hospital Tuesday night where he died.
Police said Washington took nude photos of a runaway girl after she returned to her home. Police said Washington told the girl the photos were part of the investigation, and gave her a piece of paper with his contact information if she needed more help.
Police are investigating whether the Barnhill and Washington cases are related. Both men worked in the 7th District in Southeast Washington. Police have said that Barnhill called Washington last week to warn him of his arrest.
Washington told the girl that she needed to take off her clothes as part of the investigation.
The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether Barnhill may have been involved in similar offenses.
Anyone with information about similar offenses is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099 or the Youth Investigations Division at 202-576-6768. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”