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NYPD cops allegedly told teen they were ‘freaks’ before raping her
Rape and kidnapping charges have been dropped against two former New York City who admitted to having sex with a teenager while she says she was handcuffed in the back of their police van.
Former NYPD narcotics detectives Eddie Martins and Richard Hall quit their jobs two months after the incident in Brooklyn on September 15, 2017.
The officers arrested Anna Chambers, then 18, for marijuana charges. Authorities said the pair told the teenager they would let her go if she had sex with them.
They later confessed to having intercourse with Chambers while on duty, but have argued the sex was consensual, according to investigators.
Prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York officially dropped rape and kidnapping charges against NYPD narcotics detectives Richard Hall (left) and Eddie Martins (right) on Wednesday
Chambers has said she was forcibly raped while in handcuffs, but declined to testify against her alleged attackers during trial, according to the New York Post.
Prosecutors originally charged both officers with felony rape and kidnapping, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 25 years.
On Wednesday, however, only felony bribery and official misconduct charges were presented in Brooklyn Supreme Court. The officers now face just two-and-a-half to seven years behind bars if convicted.
Anna Chambers (pictured), now 20, did not attend her alleged attackers hearing in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Wednesday
Chambers was 18 when she said she was raped while handcuffed in the back of a police van
The district attorney's office argued that rape would not have been an appropriate charge and that securing a conviction would have been too challenging.
'We believe – as a newly-created statute recognizes – that any sexual contact between police officers and a person in their custody should constitute a crime,' a spokesperson from the Brooklyn DA’s office said Wednesday.
'However that was not the law at the time of the incident. Because of this and because of unforeseen and serious credibility issues that arose over the past year and our ethical obligations under the rules of professional conduct, we are precluded from proceeding with the rape charges.'
The 'credibility issues' prosecutors referenced were raised by Martins and Hall's defense attorneys who previously requested Chambers be charged with perjury for allegedly lying under oath about the details of her encounter.
Hall (pictured) and Martins were charged with felony bribery and official misconduct
Martins (right) and Hall now face two-and-a-half to seven years behind bars if convicted
Chambers claimed the attack took place during a long drive from where she was arrested to her home, but GPS data collected from the officers' cell phone didn't support her version of events, the New York Times reported.
During her previous testimony before a grand jury, Chambers also said one of the officers commanded her to expose her breast.
That claim, defense attorneys argued, didn't match the story Chambers told during a deposition hearing when she mentioned she had hidden cocaine in her bra.
Martin’s lawyer, Mark Bederow was pleased with the DA's decision.
'It’s a good day for us,' he said. 'They dismissed the indictment because they don’t believe her. It’s not personal. Cases have to be brought with credible evidence. This wasn’t. The DA agreed.'
Chambers and her attorney Michael David were disappointed.
'She's fed up,' David said of Chambers who did not attend the hearing Wednesday.
Hall (left) and Martins (right) were seen leaving Brooklyn Supreme Court after their hearing on Wedneday
'It’s just outrageous. It was a clear-cut case. She was kidnapped. There was DNA evidence... You can’t have consent, when you have two cops on duty. These are two cops over six feet, over two hundred pounds. She is 5-foot-2, 90 pounds. They have guns, they have handcuffs. You can’t have consent under those circumstances.'
Despite the reduced charges, Hall’s attorney Peter Guadagnino said the two ex-cops aren't happy with the way their criminal cases have progressed.
'They were dedicated police officers,' Guadagnino said. 'They still feel hurt by them having to leave their position now a year and a half later.'
Chambers and her attorney Michael David, pictured in September 2018, were disappointed
Martins and Hall resigned from their positions with the NYPD three days before they were scheduled to face a disciplinary trial in November of 2017.
NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neil said: 'When a member of the N.Y.P.D. is indicted on serious charges like these, it tarnishes all of the admirable things accomplished by other, good officers every day in neighborhoods across New York City,' later adding that had the charges against the officers been affirmed at the internal trial, he 'would have fired them immediately.'
Two NYPD drugs cops are charged with raping 18-year-old woman in the back of a police van while she was in HANDCUFFS after being arrested for smoking pot
Two NYPD officers told a teenage girl in handcuffs that they were “freaks” before raping her in a police van.
The detectives, Eddie Martins and Richard Hall, now demoted, pleaded not guilty in an indictment that spanned 50 charges, including first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, second-degree kidnapping and official misconduct.
They disputed the teen’s testimony that she was raped after they threatened to arrest her for marijuana possession, claiming that the sex was consensual and pointing to statements the girl made on social media.
“The alleged victim has motive — financial gain — bragging about making $50 million on social media,” said Hall’s attorney, John Arlia.
According to details released by acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, the officers were involved in a “buy and bust” operation and left their post without permission. They pulled over a teenage girl who had two male friends in the car. The girl admitted to having weed as well as anti-anxiety medication. The cops then placed her under arrest and told her friends to pick her up in three hours from the precinct, telling them not to follow the police van.
Martins then allegedly told the handcuffed girl after driving off, “We’re freaks — what do you want to get out of this arrest?”
Martins then allegedly forced the teen to perform oral sex on him and raped her in the backseat while Hall watched. They then parked the van and switched places, with Hall forcing the girl to give him oral sex and raping her in the backseat while Martins drove.
They then gave the victim her anti-anxiety medication back and released her after warning her not to tell anyone. The teen told a friend what had happened and went to Maimonedes Medical Center, where DNA was reportedly recovered from the cops.
Both officers have been stripped of their badges and suspended without pay, and they both face up to 25 years in prison.
A grand jury voted Thursday to charge two Brooklyn narcotics officers after they allegedly raped an 18-year-old teen while she was handcuffed. The girl (pictured) says she was violated in the parking lot of a Chipotle on September 15
Two NYPD narcotics officers have been charged with first-degree rape after a teenage girl claimed they assaulted her while she was in handcuffs in Coney Island.
The 18-year-old, who tweets under the name Anna Chambers, alleges that one NYPD detective raped her and both forced her to perform oral sex in a Chipotle parking lot after she was caught smoking marijuana on September 15.
The woman confirmed to DailyMail.com that she is the victim and given permission for her identity and photos to be published. The officers have not yet been pictured.
A grand jury voted on Thursday to indict the officers after listening to a week of testimony, including the accuser taking the stand.
The two detectives, from the NYPD's Brooklyn South narcotics squad, did not deny the sexual acts but claimed they were consensual.
After the allegations broke they and their supervisor were placed on modified duty and stripped of badges and guns. The two officers have since been suspended without pay.
If convicted, the cops would face a minimum of three years and a maximum of 25 years in prison.
Mark Bederow, Martins' attorney, said: 'The dynamic will change when there are court proceedings. The allegations repeatedly and publicly alleged by the plaintiff’s lawyer will need to be supported by credible evidence and withstand scrutiny.'
The charges come after the officers spent last week attempting to discredit the woman, claiming that she posted 'provocative' selfies to her Instagram and Twitter after the alleged attack
The indictment comes after the officers spent last week attempting to discredit their accuser in a letter to prosecutors.
The officers do not deny they had sex with the woman, but claim it was consensual. They have been suspended without pay
The letter observed how she filed a $50million claim against the city earlier this month and has posted 'provocative' selfies on her Instagram and Twitter after the alleged attack.
The defense lawyers for the officers urged prosecutors 'to further investigate Chambers' dubious claim before you ask the grand jury to return an indictment against Martins and Hall.'
The teen took to Twitter to express her dismay that the officers claimed the sex acts were consensual, including sharing a DailyMail.com article about the horrifying claims.
'She was shocked that the [cops] would say it was consensual after everything that was done to her. She wanted to get the word out,' her lawyer Michael David told the New York Post.
'She just wants everybody to know it's an absolute lie that this was consensual. She was raped. She was viciously, brutally raped in handcuffs. It's the truth.'
'She's embarrassed. She's very depressed over this. Her whole life had changed after this experience. She's afraid of the police, and she really wants justice to be served here.'
The young woman sought help from NYU Langone Hospital, in New York, after the incident.
The cops' DNA was found on a rape kit performed on the woman.
She also spoke to a friend about the alleged sexual assault and reported it to the police.
The alleged rape and sexual assault is said to have taken place on Coney Island (file picture)
The officers allegedly targeted the woman after finding prescription drugs in her car during a traffic stop.
They allegedly let two young men who were with her leave, before ordering her to undress so they could 'search for drugs.'
They did not find any narcotics, but handcuffed her anyway before pressuring her into sex, according to her lawyer.
'You'll spend three hours in the precinct,' they allegedly told her, David said. They also allegedly said: 'This is what you're going to do for us, and we'll let you go.'
The teenage girl claims that an NYPD detective raped her and another forced her to perform oral sex after she was caught smoking pot in Coney Island (file image)
'There was zero consent,' David said. 'The cops were over 6 feet tall. She's very petite, like 5-2 and maybe 100 pounds. There's nothing she could do.'
One of the male friends she was with went to the police station about a half-hour after he was released by the cops. He had been told the officers were taking the woman there, but no one had been brought in.
He left the station and found the woman visibly upset and waiting by his car.
'Her hair was a mess, and she ran up to me and gave me a hug, and she was like, "They f****d me. They f****d me,"' he said.