Prosecutors: DC police officer was demoted after previous sexual harassment claims

D.C. Police officer Darrell Best was in court Thursday where a prosecutor called him "uniquely dangerous to females." The veteran officer waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will remain locked up until trial.

Best is accused of sexually abusing two underage girls and now there's word others are coming forward. We also learned Best has a history of misconduct on the police force.

Prosecutor Sarah McClellan told a judge in D.C. Superior Court that Best has a history of sexual harassment on the job and was demoted from the rank of sergeant in 2008.

McClellan told the judge that Best has a strong and powerful influence over young women, not only as a cop but as a pastor.

In 2007, McClellan told the judge Best was accused of fondling a police cadet at the academy and a year later made unwanted advances to an employee at the Fifth District station, asking her to send him erotic pictures of herself. Then, he allegedly hit her in the buttocks.

Also in 2007, Best's then wife took out a protective order against him but it was later dismissed.

FOX 5 has learned that Best was detailed to the office of Assistant Chief Kim Missouri when the alleged sexual abuse of a 17-year-old occurred.

A court affidavit said Best took the girl to the office where he worked on the fifth floor of police headquarters in December of last year. The two were captured on video inside the building.

Anthony Moore is the pastor of a church in Fort Washington and has known Best for 20 years.

"Whenever you hear allegations of this sort you are always startled by what you hear especially when it comes to the persons of trust within the community whether that's a pastor or a police officer, it is concerning, my heart goes out for the alleged victims, my heart goes out for the alleged accuser," said Moore.

Best is accused of not only abusing an underage girl inside police headquarters, but he is also accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl three different times inside the church where he is a pastor.

Best is facing four different charges including first degree sexual abuse while armed. On at least two occasions the victims told investigators Best was wearing his police issued handgun when he made advances on the girls.

As far as other possible victims, the prosecutor said at this time there are just reports.

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