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Two NYPD officers were fired for having sex with a 15-year-old while she was enrolled in a teen program at the department, but they will probably evade charges because the victim won't cooperate with prosecutors.
The unnamed minor said that Officer Sanad Musallam asked her to perform oral sex on him in his car. When she refused, he asked for alternative sex favors.
She also said she had sex with Officer Yaser Shohatee 'four or five times at his apartment in the winter of 2015- 2016,' according to court documents.
The former officers will not face charges as the victim 'refused' to cooperate with prosecutors, a district attorney spokesman told the New York Daily News.
Former NYPD officers Sanad Musallam (left) and Yaser Shohatee were fired on March 25
The teenager was in the department's Precinct Explorer program, billed as a way to strengthen community ties and provide young people aged 14 to 20 with an introduction to careers in law enforcement,
She was a part of the program from fall 2015 to spring 2016.
The officers were officially dismissed on March 25 of this year, and it remains unclear what they did at the department between the dates of the incidents and their firing.
Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Trials Paul Gamble's 41-page decision found the officers guilty of 'shocking professional and sexual misconduct' and repeatedly questioned the officers' testimony.
He found Shohantee's nonchalant demeanor 'shocking' and called Musallam's testimony 'self-serving and largely unworthy of belief.'
The minor, who was 15 at the time, claimed to have a sexual encounter with the officer in a car
Shohatee admitted to letting the minor enter his apartment at least three times for 30 minutes each and to communicating with her on Snapchat, a social media app where photos automatically disappear in a short time.
'The insidious and sinister nature of his repeated actions would cause any responsible adult, let alone a parent, to recoil in horror,' Gamble said.
Musallam admitted to keeping a photo of the teen 'lying prone on a bed in her underwear in event that she made an allegation of misconduct against him,' along with meeting with her alone in a parked car in front of her home.
Text messages from the teens' mom to Musallam on July 2016 show her telling the officer to block her child because of 'emojis and flirty messages.'
She also discusses sending her daughter to rehab, and in January 2017, she texts the officer again, telling him about her daughter's overdose.
The teenager 'was exposed to adult sexual behavior where the participants wield disparate power,' Gamble wrote.
'Both Respondents are adult males and, more importantly, authority figures with apparent power. They are also authority figures who enjoy an aura of presumptive credibility in some venue.'
He added that they 'targeted The Minor as a particularly vulnerable individual they were morally obliged to protect but chose to take advantage of to satisfy their depraved interests.'
Judge Paul Gamble decried the officers' abuse of their role as 'authority figures with apparent power.' Above, officers guard Washington Square Park on July 17 amid rising gun violence
After being told about the investigation, Musallam called the teen's mom and told that he 'had a family' and 'didn't want any trouble.'
Despite the stunning allegations and the judge's clear rebuke of the officers, they are unlikely to face a judge outside of the police department.
'While investigating the trafficking of a teenage girl, our office learned of troubling allegations that she was sexually abused by two police officers years earlier,' said Brooklyn D.A. spokesman Oren Yaniv.
'While the young victim repeatedly refused to participate in any criminal or other legal proceedings, we referred our findings to the Internal Affairs bureau, ultimately leading to the officers' termination.'
The NYPD said the former officers 'forfeited their privilege' to be a part of the police department.
'We applaud the fact that it is as a result of an internal NYPD disciplinary trial that these individuals are no longer members of this Police Department.'
Shohatee had worked for the department since January 2005, while Musallam joined in July 2008.
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As long as you have her statement that she did have interactions with them, what's the hold up? She's not a minor anymore being that this was 2016. So I guess now that she is an adult, they want her to come to court and put her picture in the paper and call her all kinds of names. Are these guys of muslim origin being that they have foreign last names?
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