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Two NYPD Detectives Indicted on Charge of Raping Handcuffed Teenage Girl

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They allegedly forced an 18-year-old girl to perform sex acts in an unmarked police van.

A grand jury has indicted two New York detectives accused of kidnapping and raping a teenage girl while she was handcuffed in their unmarked police car, the New York Times reports.

According to prosecutor Frank DeGaetano, on the night of September 15, Edward Martins and Richard Hall pulled over a car with two men and an 18-year-old girl, who goes by the name "Anna Chambers" on social media but is withholding her legal name. They found marijuana and Klonopin next to the girl and took her alone to their unmarked car and, at that point, "Detective Martins used his cellphone to call the woman's friends and explicitly instructed them not to follow the van," according to DeGaetano. Here's where things go fully off the rails. After taking her to their car, these two men proceeded to take turns raping her.

"It was then that Detective Martins sat down next to the woman and said that he and his partner were "freaks," asking her what she wanted to do to avoid being arrested, Mr. DeGaetano said. After tightening the handcuffs, Detective Martins pulled out his penis and forced the woman to perform oral sex on him, Mr. DeGaetano said. Then he turned her around, pulled her pants down and raped her, Mr. DeGaetano added, as Detective Hall watched through the rearview mirror and the young woman cried and pleaded with Detective Martins to stop.

Mr. DeGaetano said that Detective Hall switched places with his partner and also forced the woman to perform oral sex on him."

After allegedly raping her, the two dropped her back off in Coney Island where they found her. A rape kit conducted afterward found DNA from both detectives, yet they're maintaining that they're innocent. Their defense? It was "consensual."

That defense, by the way, is impossible. As The Intercept pointed out, "the condition of police detention is its own restraint--such is the power imbalance and the impossibility of consent." The problem in the case, though, will come down to the New York penal law. While there can be no legal, consensual sex between "corrections officers and prisoners in their charge" or "a patient committed to a hospital and those charged with their supervision," no law exists for the police.

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