Two detectives in the New York Police Department were charged with rape, kidnapping, and official misconduct Monday morning. In a 50-count indictment, the Brooklyn district attorney's office alleges detectives Edward Martins and Richard Hall, while working with an anti-drug squad in the Coney Island neighborhood on Sept. 15, pulled over an 18-year-old woman in her car, the New York Times reports. After searching the car and allegedly finding marijuana and a few Klonopin pills, the detectives handcuffed the woman and put her in their police van. Prosecutor Frank DeGaetano says Martins then forced the woman to perform oral sex on him and raped her while Hall watched through the rearview mirror. Hall then allegedly raped the woman. After the incident the woman had a rape kit conducted and DNA matched both detectives.
Martins and Hall pleaded not guilty and were released on bail, and their attorneys called the woman's accusations "uncorroborated" and said the sexual encounter was consensual. Last week the New York Post obtained a letter from the detectives' lawyers to the Brooklyn DA's office attacking the woman's credibility by pointing out a "provocative selfie" she posted on Instagram and a recent tweet is which they say she brags about getting attention from "paparazzi." But a spokesman for the DA's office attacked the letter, saying the "defense counsel’s characterization of how a rape victim should behave is inaccurate, inappropriate and demeaning.” (Read more NYPD stories.)