An investigation is underway after NYPD detectives were accused of raping an 18-year-old woman near Coney Island’s 60th precinct on Sept. 15.
The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is probing both detectives and a sergeant who was involved in the case, police confirmed to Coney Island News. The NYPD said all three officers have been placed on modified assignment.
The alleged victim’s lawyer, Michael David, told Coney Island News that the incident was “one of the worst crimes” he has ever seen from the NYPD.
“We’re very upset about it,” he said, while adding that he’s hoping there are arrests soon.
The teen was allegedly in a car with two male friends in Calvert Vaux Park when the two detectives, Edward Martins and Richard Hall, stopped them at around 8 p.m., as reported by the Daily News. The detectives then allegedly handcuffed the woman after finding marijuana and a legally-prescribed drug next to her, but her friends were free to go. The friends were allegedly told that the woman would be brought to Coney Island’s 60th Precinct — but that never happened.
David said the woman was driven by the detectives to a Chipotle parking lot — not far from the precinct — where she was forced to perform sexual acts on both officers. One of them raped her, David told the Daily News.
Before the alleged assault took place, the detectives allegedly told the woman she would otherwise be required to spend hours in custody.
“They just said she was going to have to sit for three hours in jail,” David told Coney Island News. “They just forced her.”
About 45 minutes after bringing her into custody, the detectives reportedly forced her out of their vehicle.
Once she was forced out, the alleged victim then saw her friends and was hysterical due to the traumatizing incident, David told Coney Island News. She was rushed to the hospital, where doctors found signs of sexual assault and called police, according to reports.
The pair of detectives said the sex was consensual, reports the Daily News, citing a high-ranking police source.
Neither of the detectives had been arrested as of Sunday morning. The sergeant involved in the case was accompanied by both detectives when they spotted the woman and her friends earlier that day, and was placed on modified duty because he was not supervising them.
Coney Island News will continue to update this developing story.