Two detectives working in Brooklyn have been suspended after being charged for sexual misconduct.
On the night of Sept. 15, detectives Eddie Martins, 37, and Richard Hall, 33, pulled an 18-year-old girl and her friends over while driving in Calvert Vaux Park in Gravesend. Once the officers found legal prescription drugs in the car, they let the two friends go and kept the 18-year-old in an unmarked van.
According to the girl’s lawyer, Michael Scott, the officers made her remove her top, handcuffed her and threatened her with booking if she didn’t perform oral sex on them. The officers then, allegedly, drove her to a nearby Chipotle parking lot where one of them raped her before letting her go.
He said the events lasted under an hour and she remained handcuffed the entire time.
Martins and Hall work in the NYPD’s Brooklyn South Narcotics Unit and were on plainclothes duty that night. They were both indicted on multiple charges, including first degree rape, second degree unlawful imprisonment, 20 counts of coercion, 10 counts of sex abuse and three counts of sexual misconduct.
“They are suspended without pay,” said an NYPD representative. “They have been demoted.” The victim was taken to Maimonides Hospital where doctors administered a rape kit. DNA recovered from the victim matched both of the defendants and video surveillance showed the victim leaving the police van around 8:42 p.m. that night.
Legal representatives for the officers deny the allegations and said the sexual encounter wasn’t forced.
“They are locked into that claim and we don’t believe they’re gonna have a shred of evidence,” said Martins’ lawyer Mark Bederow to reporters. “Of credible evidence.” Hall’s attorney said they will attack the alleged victim’s credibility through her social media posts and prove that her motivation is money. The victim is currently suing the city.
In a statement, Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said that the officers betrayed the trust of a citizen.
“It is incomprehensible that two veteran NYPD detectives would allegedly commit such an outrageous act,” said Gonzalez. “They took an oath to protect and serve, but allegedly violated that oath by raping a young woman who was in their custody. We will now seek to hold them accountable for this flagrant betrayal of public trust.”
Gonzalez said the two men were assigned to Brooklyn South Narcotics and conducting a busy operation in the confines of the 60th Precinct. He said that the officers left their post without authorization and drove to Calvert Vaux Park.