BROOKLYN (WPIX) -- Two former NYPD detectives accused of having sex with a woman they’d arrested in exchange for her release were sentenced to five years probation Thursday, according to the Kings County district attorney.
Eddie Martins, 39, and Richard Hall, 34, previously pleaded guilty to charges of bribe receiving and official misconduct, a deal that would keep them from serving time behind bars.
The men were accused of taking turns engaging in sex acts with Anna Chambers, then 18, while she was handcuffed in police custody, after she was allegedly found with marijuana in her car and was told she was under arrest. They then released Chambers, according to the DA, and did not report the incident.
“These defendants engaged in a shocking abuse of power which they finally acknowledged,” said DA Eric Gonzalez at the time of the plea. “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.”
The detectives claimed the September 2017 encounter was consensual, while prosecutors disagreed.
“These defendants lost their jobs and are now convicted felons because of the appalling abuse of power to which they admitted,” Gonzalez said in a statement Thursday. “This incident led to a change in New York law, closing a loophole that allowed officers to claim that sex with a detainee was consensual. Unfortunately, we could not apply that new law retroactively.”