#parent | #kids | Police officers who ‘raped’ handcuffed teen spared jail at ‘secret’ hearing

Two former police officers who were accused of raping a handcuffed teen in the back of their van were spared jail at a “secret” hearing.

Eddie Martins, 39, and Richard Hall, 34, took turns having sex with the young woman, a court heard, and will be sentenced to five years’ probation.

The pair were accused of raping the then-18-year-old, known by her alias Anna Chambers, after arresting her for drug possession in Brooklyn, New York, in September 2017.

Rape and kidnapping charges were dropped in March and they avoided prison as part of a plea deal that sparked outrage and was slammed by Ms Chambers, who said afterwards: “F*** the justice system.”

The criminal case is nearing its end, but a civil case claiming Ms Chambers was raped is still before the courts.

The woman, known by her alias Anna Chambers, hit out at the plea deal


Martins and Hall, who have resigned from the force, pleaded guilty to misconduct and bribery charges at Thursday’s hearing, Spectrum News reported.

Kings County Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun gave them a sentence more lenient than the one to three years in jail sought by the prosecution.

The judge, who has since been accused of victim blaming, told the hearing: “The credibility of the victim, or the complainant, was seriously, seriously questionable, at best.”

Martins and Hall could have been jailed for up to 25 years if found guilty of raping and kidnapping the teen, who wasn’t given a chance to attend the hearing.

Former NYPD officer Eddie Martins will be sentenced to probation


The officers had sex with the woman in the back of an unmarked police van in exchange for her release after she was arrested for cannabis possession during a traffic stop, a court heard.

Ms Chambers claims the officers handcuffed her, drove her to a car park and raped her, and then left her on a corner.

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said it could not proceed with the rape case due to false statements and inconsistencies in Ms Chambers’ story, including her outfit that night, where the man drove her in the van and the fact she lied under oath about having cocaine in her bra during her arrest.

The officers claim the sex was consensual.

Richard Hall and his colleague took turns having sex with the woman

A judge ruled on Thursday that Martins and Hall will be sentenced to probation instead of jail.

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said it had hoped the officers would be jailed.

After the incident Chambers went to hospital, where a rape kit found traces of the detectives’ DNA.

At the time it was not illegal for NYPD officers to have sex with someone in their custody.

New York has since introduced a law, which says that detained people are unable to consent, to close the loophole.

Ms Chambers claims she was raped by the two former officers

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Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said after the hearing: “These defendants engaged in a shocking abuse of power which they finally acknowledged.

“While I would have preferred to see them serve prison time, they are no longer members of our police department and with today’s plea are convicted felons.”

He added: “Serious credibility issues in this case precluded us from proceeding on additional charges, yet we remained committed to holding these defendants accountable.”

Ms Chambers tweeted after the hearing: “F*** the justice system lmfaooo s***s a joke.”

She didn’t know that the officers were spared jail until her lawyer, Michael David, called her after the hearing.

Ms Chambers wasn’t given a chance to attend the hearing, her lawyer says

Mr David told Gothamist: “If you’re arrested and kidnapped in a van with two large officers with guns, there’s no consent.

“They’re getting away with rape.

“It sends a horrible message to victims of police sexual misconduct.”

In a separate interview, Mr David told the Intercept: “They admitted on the record to having sex with her in their van. No jail time is just outrageous.

“Anna is hysterical.”

He said Ms Chambers was not told that the officers would be in court on Thursday and wasn’t given a chance to attend the hearing, adding: “They did it secretly, it wasn’t even on the court calendar.”

The lawyer said he wasn’t informed and only found out when he received a call from a journalist who had been tipped off by a court clerk.

Chambers has filed a civil lawsuit against the officers, the city of New York and NYPD.

Her lawyer plans to Chambers’s attorney told me that he will be writing again to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, seeking to pursue a federal civil rights violation against Hall and Martins.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill said: “When a member of the NYPD is indicted on serious charges like these, it tarnishes all of the admirable things accomplished by other, good officers every day in neighborhoods across New York City.

“It also stains the legacies of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to New Yorkers.”

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