Ex-officer indicted on charges of trafficking teens for sex

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former police officer in Washington, D.C. has been indicted on federal charges related to sex trafficking of underage girls through social media.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland announced a 10-count indictment for former Metropolitan police Officer Chukwuemeka Ekwonna on Wednesday.

News outlets report 28-year-old Ekwonna is accused of creating a social media account to exchange messages offering to pay a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old for sex with him.

In 2017, Ekwonna allegedly pointed a gun at the 15-year-old in the backseat of his car and ordered her to return money he just paid her.

Ekwonna was fired in April. A news release states he faces life in prison if convicted.

A lawyer listed for Ekwonna in court documents didn't return a request for comment.

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