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A police officer from the Metropolitan police department has been arrested after being accused of taking inappropriate photos of a 15-year-old while on duty.
Officer Marc Washington, whose been a serving police officer in Washington, D.C. since 2006, was arrested Monday shortly after the unidentified teen’s mother called the police, according to NBC Washington.
Washington reportedly first made contact with the family when the girl’s mother reported her daughter missing.
As apart of the investigation, Washington went to the family’s home to take down a missing persons report on the girl.
The young child returned home Sunday afternoon safe and out of harms way. However, she wasn’t safe for long.
Later that night, Washington allegedly returned back to the family’s apartment and asked to speak to the girl privately in her bedroom. Washington then ordered her to remove her clothing, stating that he was obligated to take photographs of any injuries she sustained while missing.
Washington was informed by the girl that she was not injured, but Washington told her is was apart of police procedure and she obeyed his orders.
After Washington left the apartment, the girl informed her mother and dialed up 911, Breitbart reports.
In a rush, Washington began to delete the photos when he heard the mother’s 911 call to dispatch, but he was unsuccessful in his attempt. He was later taken into custody.
Upon his arrest, law enforcement officials discovered the nμde images of the victim and other young girls’ private parts on Washington’s digital camera.
Police Chief Cathy Lanier of the Metropolitan Department, issued a statement, exclaiming that she’s quite disturbed with the actions of a sworn in officer whose duty is to honor and protect children, not hurt them.
“We invest a great amount of time and effort to ensure that we are hiring the right people and we continue to proactively monitor integrity across the department,” Said Lanier.
“But to learn of an allegation of this kind against a person who is sworn to protect our children, it is both shocking and disturbing. We are fortunate that someone came forward to alert us of this behavior to ensure that we prevent future victims.”
Washington was arrested and charged with production of child pοrnοgraphy while on duty.