WASHINGTON - Two transgender prostitutes who allege that at least one D.C. police officer and one Prince George’s County police officer used their positions to coerce them met with U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday.
The accusers spent two hours in the meeting at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Their attorney told FOX 5 that the women provided investigators with the officers’ DNA samples.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office granted the women immunity so they could provide details of their encounters with the police. The prostitutes allege that the officers used threats of arrest to force the women into sexual acts.
FOX 5 was provided with a cellphone video of one of the sexual encounters in which a man driving a Prince George’s County police cruiser is asked if he’s been drinking, and he responds, “a little.” The video is too graphic to air in its entirety.
FOX 5 was also provided with an image of a man police sources say is a veteran D.C. lieutenant wearing what appears to be a D.C. police polo. He was allegedly in the midst of a sexual encounter with one of the prostitutes.
In the unedited picture, he’s naked below the waist.
Both Prince George’s County police and D.C. police confirmed that they are investigating the allegations and that the officers have been suspended.
Attorney Jonathan Dailey said:
“Coercion - by definition when you’re a police officer - it’s coercive because once you get in the car, you have no idea what is going to happen. You don’t know if it’s going to be a ruse and he’s going to try to arrest you, or things don’t go well and he can arrest you. He can slap you around and say you resisted arrest. So once you get in that car, the alleged prostitute has no idea what is going to occur next and that is the fear and coercion they experience. Sometimes they have to do it for free – sometimes it’s for less money, sometimes it’s for no money. So it doesn’t matter if they pay or not. They are sworn to uphold the law. They are breaking it. And they are using their police powers to get their prostitution services done, and that is just a complete betrayal of public trust. And they do it with impunity.”
FOX 5 reached out to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, but they declined to confirm or deny any investigation.