On September 15, Brooklyn South narcotics detectives Eddie Martins, 37, and Richard Hall, 32, pulled over a car carrying three people. They arrested one of the passengers, an 18-year-old girl, who admitted to carrying some weed and two Klonopin pills. The officers then took her to an unmarked van where Martins allegedly penetrated her and both allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on them.
A rape kit detected the DNA of both officers, who admitted to having sex with the girl, but claim it was consensual. Their lawyers also tried to discredit her by pointing to provocative posts on social media. The officers have pleaded not guilty.
While it is technically not illegal for a New York state law enforcement official to have sex with someone in custody, as New York City Councilman Mark Treyger has pointed out, it is impossible for someone in custody to consent.
“It is incomprehensible that two veteran NYPD detectives would allegedly commit such an outrageous act. They took a oath to protect and serve, but allegedly violated that oath by raping a young woman who was in their custody,” acting-DA Eric Gonzalez said.
Martins and Hall face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.