WASHINGTON - Since December, D.C. police’s Internal Affairs Division has been investigating Sgt. Jonathan Clingerman. In April, investigators recommended his termination from the department, but sources say he remains working at the Second District without any contact with the public and his police powers revoked.
It started with lies. At least that is how investigators first describe their interactions with Sgt. Clingerman, a 17-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
He is the department’s Cadet Program director with a salary of more than $90,000 and is tasked with supervising recruitment and outreach of MPD’s prospects as young as 17 years old.
According to an investigative report finalized by MPD’s Internal Affairs Division, Clingerman was doing far more than just recruiting for the department. He was also recruiting and “encouraging” cadets and recruits to participate in sex parties.
An anonymous letter sent to Internal Affairs in December 2016 prompted investigators to zero in on the alleged illicit activities happening at the police academy.
Department sources provided FOX 5 documents which show the longtime sergeant “on several unknown dates, and by [his] own admission while on duty engaged in sexual relations while at the Metropolitan Police Academy.” Investigators seized the recruit sergeant’s department cellphone after allegations that the 39-year-old was running an invite-only sex party website through the MPD-issued phone.
Forensic analysis uncovered that the department cellphone had been used to “store, schedule, arrange, and distribute information for group sex parties."
Some of the pornographic images on the department phone of both the sergeant and others are so graphic that the investigative report was manually redacted to prevent further dissemination of explicit photographs.
Amongst the most damning of the charges – Sgt. Clingerman’s admission that on multiple occasions he had sex with an MPD cadet while on duty at the police academy.
In a statement to FOX 5, D.C. police said:
“The Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division has investigated disturbing allegations of improper conduct involving a member formerly detailed at the Police Academy. During the investigation, the member was placed in a Non-Contact status. The investigation into the allegations has been submitted to the Disciplinary Review Division. There was no indication of criminal conduct. Pending the recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Division, MPD will take appropriate disciplinary action.”