Two New York Police Department detectives were arraigned Monday on a total of 50 charges, including first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act and second-degree kidnapping, according to the district attorney’s office. Both detectives pleaded not guilty to all counts, which stem from allegations that they took turns raping an 18-year-old woman.
The Kings County District Attorney’s office says the detectives, Eddie Martins, 37, and Richard Hall, 33, of the Brooklyn South Narcotics unit, raped the handcuffed woman in the back seat of their police van while they were in Coney Island. According to the district attorney’s office, the incident allegedly occurred on the September 15.
The allegations represent a “flagrant betrayal of public trust,” according to Eric Gonzalez, the acting district attorney for Kings County.
(WARNING: The following description and details are disturbing.)
The two plainclothes detectives, who are currently suspended without pay, left their post without authorization and drove to Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn. They proceeded to stop a car driven by an 18-year-old woman with two male passengers.
Michael David, the victim’s attorney, says Martina and Hall made the victim remove her bra and expose herself, ostensibly to prove she wasn’t hiding anything.
They then arrested and handcuffed the woman on drug charges, the district attorney’s office said, and instructed the male passengers to leave. The woman was asked what she would be willing to do in order avoid the arrest, and Detective Martins allegedly told her that he and Hall were “freaks.”
Martins allegedly proceeded to rape the handcuffed woman as Hall drove and watched, then the men switched places. Hall forced the woman to perform a sex act on him, according to prosecutors.
Eventually, the officers dropped the woman off and warned her not to report the crime, the district attorney’s office said.
The young woman did report the incident, however, and a sexual assault exam revealed that DNA on the victim matched both of the detectives.
“It is incomprehensible that two veteran NYPD detectives would allegedly commit such an outrageous act. They took an oath to protect and serve, but allegedly violated that oath by raping a young woman who was in their custody,” Gonzales said. “We will now seek to hold them accountable for this flagrant betrayal of public trust.”
According to reports, Martins was released on $250,000 bail and Hall was released on $150,000 bail.
Each man faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
An attorney for Martins, Mark Bederow, said the accused officer is “entitled to the same presumption of innocence as anyone else.”
“Being a police officer doesn’t change his right to due process. We unequivocally deny the allegation that he forcibly attacked the young woman,” Bederow said. “We don’t believe that the credible evidence will support the claim that any rape or sexual assault occurred.”
2 NYPD cops charged w raping 18 year old woman. DNA collected in hospital rape kit matches cops. Not just Hollywood!https://t.co/r4Ole5UeP6
— jwilner (@joriewilner) October 31, 2017
Overshadowed by DC indictments are the 50 count rape indictment in NY against 2 NYPD detectives. Very disturbing! https://t.co/sio82nuvLl
— Marlon Ming (@marlon1349) October 30, 2017
— jesse (@springbreak1944) October 2, 2017
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