Two New York police officers are facing nearly three decades in prison after they allegedly raped a teenage girl that they had arrested and handcuffed for marijuana possession, with the victim claiming that they told her they were “freaks.”
Prosecutors contend that NYPD detectives Eddie Martins and Richard Hall committed the outrageous attack on September 15, while they were working as part of a plainclothes team alongside Brooklyn South Narcotics detectives, the New York Daily News reported.
At around 7:30 pm, the duo ditched their post in an unmarked minivan and traveled to a nearby park, where they pulled over an Infiniti Coupe driven by the victim and two male friends. When she admitted to having marijuana and anti-anxiety pills in the car, the cops placed her under arrest and told her friends to pick her up from the police station in three hours.
Instead of taking her to the station, though, Hall allegedly drove around while Martins sat in the backseat with the victim and forced her to perform oral sex before raping her. They later switched places, with Hall then forcing the victim to perform oral sex.
“We’re freaks, what do you want to get out of this arrest?” Martins allegedly asked her prior to the ordeal.
The teen was released just over an hour later, with surveillance videos showing her exiting a police van at around 8:42. She went to a nearby hospital for treatment and was able to provide DNA samples matching Martins and Hall.
“It is incomprehensible that two veteran NYPD detectives would allegedly commit such an outrageous act,” said acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “They took an oath to protect and serve, but allegedly violated that oath by raping a young woman who was in their custody.”
Both detectives pleaded not guilty and face up to 25 years in prison. Martins was held on $250,000 bail, while Hall was held on $150,000 bail. Attorneys for both officers have argued that the allegations against their clients are not consistent and not backed by evidence.
“These charges are a schizophrenic account,” Hall’s attorney, John Arlia, said. “Nothing indicating forcible rape, no bruising on the wrist. There’s a lack of credibility of the alleged victim.”