The two New York cops accused of kidnapping and raping a teenager will face a rare internal NYPD trial before facing a criminal trial on upwards of 50 charges.
The DNA of Edward Martins and Richard Hall was found on a teenager who claimed she was taken into an unmarked police vehicle, handcuffed, and raped after she was discovered to have perscription medicine and marijuana in her car. The cops later admitted to having what they claim was consensual sex with the victim, a legal impossibility considering the circumstances. Lawyers have since pointed to the teen's "provocative" social media account (pictured above) to controversially deny the incident was rape.
It is rare that these internal trials take place before the conclusion of criminal proceedings. This is because admissions to Internal Affairs (under threat of termination) are not usable in court.
Martins and Hall have, so far, refused to answer questions from Internal Affairs. It is possible the officers will quit before or no-show the NYPD trial.
The cops have already pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges, which include first-degree rape, second degree kidnapping, receiving a bribe, and official misconduct. They potentially face up to 25 years in prison for their crimes.
“I’m completely brutalized by the rape. My life is in shatters,” the alleged victim had said through her attorney, Michael David, according to the New York Post. “Now every time I see any police, I’m in a panic.”
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