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Ex-Cops Won't Do Time Over Sex With Detained Teen

Eddie Martins and Richard Hall of NYPD take a plea deal
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2019 10:30 AM CDT
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Eddie Martins (left) and Richard Hall.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Two former NYPD cops aren't going to prison for what they did in the back of a police van, CNN reports. Eddie Martins, 39, and Richard Hall, 34, admit they arrested an 18-year-old woman in 2017, had sex with her in the van, returned her confiscated drugs, and let her go. But the woman—known publicly by the alias "Anna Chambers," per the New York Post—insists she was handcuffed and raped. DNA evidence confirms the sex, but State Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun said her poor credibility made the rape charge hard to win. Plus the sex might be deemed an offered bribe, he added. So Chun accepted when Martins and Hall offered to plead guilty to two counts of felony bribe taking (for the sex) and nine counts of misdemeanor official conduct, per the Wall Street Journal.

That means the former officers—who resigned from their jobs two years ago—will serve five years' probation and have felonies on their record. But Chambers' lawyer is far from satisfied. "They raped my client and they’re not getting any jail time?" he asked in disbelief. "That’s outrageous." But the DA admitted in January that Chambers had made "a series of false, misleading and inconsistent statements about the facts of this case," and Martins' attorney accused prosecutors of recklessly applying rape charges amid the climate of "Me Too." "Let me be clear, I'm not criticizing the 'Me Too' movement," he said. "I'm criticizing the DA's office." The case inspired a New York law prohibiting police from claiming sex with people in custody is consensual, according to the DA. (Read more police stories.)

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