A teen in Brooklyn is accusing two NYPD detectives of sexually assaulting her after she was arrested on a drug charge.
“I’m completely brutalized by the rape. My life is in shatters,” the 18-year-old woman said through her attorney, Michael David, according to the New York Post. “Now every time I see any police, I’m in a panic.”
No arrests have been made, but the accusations have spawned two investigations by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.
The two detectives in question, Brooklyn South Narcotics Detectives Edward Martins and Richard Hall and their supervisor Sgt. John Espey, have been put on modified duty, according to the New York Times. Modified duty means they are stripped of their firearms and badges and given administrative tasks to perform.
The incident happened when detectives were conducting an undercover drug operation in mid-September along with Espey. The teen and two friends were sitting in a car when they were stopped “because they weren’t supposed to be in the park,” a friend of the victim claimed. The detectives searched the car and handcuffed the young woman after finding marijuana and Klonopin in the car. Only the female in the car was arrested. Her two friends, males, were not. The teen claimed she was taken to a secluded spot where the detectives forced her to perform a sex act on them. One of the detectives also allegedly raped her.
“She’s a teenager and she was basically kidnapped into a police vehicle without any justification,” her attorney said. “She had her handcuffs on when they raped her.”
According to the New York Post, Martins and Hall allegedly told colleagues that the sex was consensual.