Eddie Martins and Richard Hall, the two former New York detectives who pleaded guilty to accepting bribes and nine counts of “official misconduct” for having sex with a handcuffed 18-year-old woman in the back of their unmarked van while she was in their custody, will get no prison time, reports CNN.
The pair were originally charged with raping the girl, who goes by alias Anna Chambers, and has waived her anonymity to speak out about the case online. But prosecutors were unable to influence a plea deal agreed after the cops admitted charges of bribe taking and misconduct on Thursday.
State Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun said the men didn’t deserve prison time because the “credibility of the victim, or the complainant, in this case was seriously, seriously questionable, at best.”
“These defendants engaged in a shocking abuse of power, which they finally acknowledged,” [Brooklyn District Attorney Eric] Gonzalez said. “While I would have preferred to see them serve prison time, they are no longer members of our police department and with today’s plea are convicted felons.”
The district attorney said the case resulted in New York passing a law prohibiting police officers from having sex with people in custody, closing a loophole that allowed police to claim the sex was consensual.
“We could not apply the new law retroactively, and serious credibility issues in this case precluded us from proceeding on additional charges, yet we remained committed to holding these defendants accountable,” Gonzalez said.
The exploitative pair had sex with Chambers while on an undercover ‘buy and bust’ drugs raid in Coney Island almost two years ago. They stopped the teenager, who was in a car with two men, then arrested her after she confessed to having weed and anti-seizure medicine Klonopin without a prescription. Chambers was then taken to the officers’ unmarked Dodge Caravan, where Martins had full sex with the suspect. Chambers also performed a sex act on hall. She was later released and had the pills returned to her, with neither detective reporting the stop. Chambers later accused the pair of rape, with DNA evidence proving that she had been subjected to a sexual encounter with both cops. New York State Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun said Thursday that there was ‘very compelling scientific evidence’ against the pair.
The woman’s attorney, Michael N. David, said the sentence was unacceptable and sent a bad message to victims about police violence.
“We’re outraged. It’s complete injustice what happened today. You can’t consent when you’re 5’3, 100 pounds and they’re both over 6 feet and very muscular. They had her in handcuffs. These cops got a free pass,” he said.