Two former NYPD detectives who had been accused of raping a young Brooklyn woman in a police van will avoid jail time after cutting a plea deal in a case that sparked widespread outrage and a change in state law.
The former detectives — Eddie Martins and Richard Hall — pleaded guilty to official misconduct and receiving a bribe and will receive five years probation.
“These defendants engaged in a shocking abuse of power which they finally acknowledged,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement. “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.”
A judge agreed to the deal over objections from the DA, who asked for jail time, Gonzalez’s spokesperson said.
The officers were originally charged with rape, sexual assault and kidnapping for having sex in the back of a police van with an 18-year-old woman they arrested for marijuana possession. Those charges were dropped in March, and they were instead hit with lesser charges of official misconduct and receiving bribes.
At the time of the 2017 incident, New York had no law making it a crime for police officers to have sex with someone in their custody. The cops argued the sex was consensual, though the woman has said she was raped and forced to perform oral sex.
“I am disgusted. The bottom line is two NYPD detectives raped a teenager in their custody in my district and they are not going to jail, nor will they be registered as sex offenders,” said City Council Member Mark Treyger, who pushed for a change in the law. “That is the sorry state of our justice system. This is why it is so difficult for survivors of sexual assault to come forward.”
The case exposed a loophole in state law, which made it a crime for a correction officer or parole officer to have sex with a person in custody, but did not apply to police officers.
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