D.C. police officer arrested for prostituting missing girl

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.

(Photo by John Kopkowski)

(Photo by John Kopkowski)

“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.”

  • https://www.facebook.com/jim.busse.35 Jim Busse

    Should be a natural for the next D.C. Mayor. Something the whole country can look up to.

  • http://twitter.com/Redneck_Me Thomas (@Redneck_Me)

    Supply & demand, someone has to supply all of those politicians with what they want and the cops have easy access ot kids

  • jcgmich29

    This is the problem with Affirmative Action. Of the Blacks applying to be DC police officers, most cannot pass the written exam. Most have criminal records. Without AA, there would be no Black police officers, because for every black that applies, there are 10 better qualified Whites. Any black that can read and write at a 12th grade level upon graduating high school (IQ over 100) is given a scholarship to the college of their choice. They don’t choose to be police officers. Young Whites with IQs well over 100, that can’t afford college, may choose to be police officers.

    • https://plus.google.com/102167449240519118854 HMichael Hawkins

      I basically agree with what you have written, although I’m sure there are Negro people who are qualified to be both police officers and students in college without Affirmative Action. But AA is destroying both the recipients of an unfair and unwarranted advantage and the organizations who hire them. I suspect the two Officers with which this article deals are both Negro, and may have been hired/promoted based on race. No Negro, Caucasian, or Asian should be judged on the color of their skin. They really should be judged on the ability to perform the tasks for which they are hired. These two guys sound like a couple of bums!

  • https://www.facebook.com/dan.meyers.716 Dan Meyers

    Sparkly high heels? What constitutes “Sparkly”?

    • https://www.facebook.com/ack.blauvelt Ack Blauvelt

      Ain’t you never watched Wizard of Oz ya joik?

    • https://www.facebook.com/Mike.Hewitt101 Mike Hewitt

      Sparkles ?

    • https://www.facebook.com/andrew.difrancesco Andrew DiFrancesco

      “The officer snapped photos of the teen as her heels flashed sparkly.” I don’t know, proper grammar doesn’t make the situation any less sleezy.

  • https://www.facebook.com/alex.snyder.1650 Alex Snyder

    Pretty typical police behavior inner city style! What else would get them extra money other than criminal activities. Slap on wrist return to work with back pay is the norm, back to pimpin, bro!

  • https://www.facebook.com/gunny.galz Gunny G Alz

    Does anyone know where Senator Menendez is right now? He likes that young stuff.

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003259934294 Bob White

    I wonder if the guy taking the pictures of little girls was the Advertising branch for this guy ? Seems like DC cops are just as corrupt as the local yokels tend to be.

  • https://plus.google.com/111228232040302585830 Vincent Ardizzone

    What a sewer.

  • redruffansore

    To protect (themselves) and serve…….em up warm on a plate. DC is a festering wound that needs to be carpet bombed by the air force until it is a smoking crater.

  • https://www.facebook.com/timothy.moynihansr Timothy Moynihan Sr

    This is what is called police protection.