A New York judge today sentenced two former NYPD investigators to probation instead of imprisonment after the couple were accused of having sex in a police van with an 18-year-old woman they had arrested.
Eddie Martins, 39, and Richard Hall, 34, each pleaded guilty on Thursday of two counts of third-degree crime bribery and nine counts of official misconduct following the September 2017 meeting.
Judge Danny Chun said he will condemn the men on 10 to five conditional years. Prosecutors wanted them to be detained for one to three years.
Former NYPD investigators Richard Hall and Eddie Martins (left), shown in court in May, pleaded Thursday with allegations of official misconduct and bribery in connection with a sexual encounter with an 18-year-old woman publicly known as & # 39 ; Anna Chambers & # 39; (right)
Chambers accused the police of raping her in the back of a police van in 2017, but prosecutors dropped rape and abductions against them in March, citing & # 39; credibility issues & # 39;
The Brooklyn Attorney's Office dropped abductions and rapes against Martins and Hall in March and quoted & # 39; serious credibility issues & # 39; with regard to the alleged victim known under the & # 39; Anna Chambers & # 39; alias.
Chambers, allegedly not informed of the plea agreement in advance, pulled out on Twitter on Thursday afternoon and wrote: & # 39; F *** the legal system lmfaooo is a joke. & # 39;
The aforementioned & # 39; credibility issues & # 39; to which prosecutors referred were raised by Martins and Hall lawyers, who previously asked Chambers to accuse perjury of alleged lying about the details of her meeting.
Chambers claimed that the attack took place during a long drive from where she was arrested to her home, but GPS data collected from the officer's cell phone did not support her version of events, the New York Times reported.
During her previous testimony before a grand jury, Chambers also said that one of the officers ordered her to expose her breast.
Martins (left) and Hall (right) claimed that their meeting with Chambers was consensual. They left the NYPD in November 2017, prior to an administrative process
Attorneys found inconsistencies in the Chambers story describing the alleged rape
That claim, defended lawyers, did not match the story Chambers told during a statement hearing when she said she had hidden cocaine in her bra.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez stated in a press release announcing the plea deal on Thursday: & # 39; these defendants are embroiled in a shocking abuse of power that they have finally recognized. Although I would have preferred to see them in prison, they are no longer members of our police and, today, they are convicted criminals. & # 39;
A since-closed loophole in state law allowed the police to escape sexual violence by claiming that sexual acts were consensual.
Gonzalez pointed out that the new law forbidding police from having sex with people in custody could not be applied retroactively to Martins and Hall.
He also stressed that ex-cops would be given a probationary period instead of time in prison about objections from prosecutors & # 39 ;.
Martins and Hall resigned in November 2017 before being confronted with an administrative procedure that could have resulted in dismissal.
According to researchers, Hall and Martins drove a Dodge Caravan into a Dodge Caravan around 7:30 PM on September 15, 2017 as part of a buy-and-bust operation in the 60th Precinct.
Although the couple were on duty, they left their posts without permission and went to Calvert Vaux Park in the Gravesend area of Brooklyn, where they were driving an Infinity Couple controlled by rooms at 8 p.m. with two men driving as passengers.
Hall and Martins noticed some marijuana in the front seat cup holder and ordered Chambers and the men from the car, according to officials.
Anna Chambers and her lawyer are going to Brooklyn Court on 28 June 2018
The detectives then asked the trio if they had drugs, to which Chambers replied that she was in possession of marijuana and two Klonopin pills.
Hall and Martin handcuffed the woman, telling her she was arrested and given a ticket for the look of a desk. They let her male companions go and led Chambers to the police van, according to the investigation.
After leaving the park, Chambers reportedly had sexual intercourse with Martins and, according to evidence, performed evidence at Hall in the police vehicle.
The detectives then drove back to the area of the 60th district in Coney Island and released Chambers after returning her the Klonopin pills.
& # 39; They did not report the incident to their supervisor or anyone else and had no authority to withdraw the arrest or release the detainee, & # 39; said the indictment.
Semen recovered from Chambers allegedly came back a match for both Martins and Hall.
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