DC police officer accused of sex assault; explosive new details revealed

 Explosive new details came out Tuesday about the D.C. police officer and pastor who is accused of sexually abusing two teenagers. It's a story you saw first Monday night on FOX 5. 

Darrell Best went before a judge and was ordered held without bond Tuesday.

Prosecutors have added a second alleged victim and leveled several new charges against the officer. Now, we're learning one of the assaults allegedly took place inside police headquarters.

The new affidavit, filed in court Tuesday afternoon, says the victim went back to police headquarters with investigators and took them to the office where she says Best assaulted her.

The affidavit says a surveillance camera inside police headquarters recorded the two on December 3, leaving a fifth floor elevator and key card information shows the officer coming into the building and leaving an hour later.

The affidavit says Best was armed and in his police uniform, but took the gun off when he attempted to have sex with the girl on the office couch.

The affidavit says Best is a pastor at a Southeast church and sexually abused the second girl, now 16, three different times during choir practice.

The affidavit says a warrant for Best's arrest was sworn out on Sunday and Best was arrested Monday night, just hours after FOX 5 interviewed the parents of the girls and one of the teens who says the officer assaulted her.

Best has been placed on leave with the department.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier released the following statement:

The allegations against off-duty officer Darrell Best are serious and disheartening. The fact that he used his position as a pastor and a counselor to gain access to his victims is extremely disturbing. Once MPD became aware of the allegations, we immediately conducted an investigation, obtained a warrant, and arrested him.

Darrell Best is a 25 year member of the Metropolitan Police Department currently assigned as a police officer to the Fourth District. He is 45 years of age and resides in Upper Marlboro, MD.

Best is charged with three counts of First Degree Sex Abuse of a Minor. The charge First Degree Sex Abuse of a Minor is due to what is defined in District law as the "significant relationship" he held with the victim in his role as a pastor and counselor.

As outlined in D.C. Official Code § 22–3001(10), a "significant relationship" includes:

"Any employee or volunteer of a school, church, synagogue, mosque, or other religious institution, or an educational, social, recreational, athletic, musical, charitable, or youth facility, organization, or program, including a teacher, coach, counselor, clergy, youth leader, chorus director, bus driver, administrator, or support staff, or any other person in a position of trust with or authority over a child or a minor." 
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