WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A D.C. police officer facing child pornography charges is due in courtThursday.
Thirty-two-year-old Marc Washington was arrested Monday night, according to Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump. Washington lives in Waldorf and is a seven-year veteran of the department.
Court documents show that the mother of a 15-year-old missing girl had reported to police that her daughter had returned home on Sunday. Washington went to the apartment on Sunday around 11:41 p.m. and spoke to the mother. He then asked to speak to the girl privately in her bedroom. During his conversation with the girl, he asked the victim a few questions about where she was during the time she went missing. He then asked the victim to take her shirt off. The girl asked why he needed her to do that. He said it was so he could take any photos of injuries. She told him that she had no injuries. But he insisted that she take her shirt and bra off. Washington then took photos of her upper and lower body at close range.
Before he left, he wrote his phone number down on a piece of paper and gave that to the victim. He asked her to call him if she needed anything. The mother and daughter discussed the incident that took place and the mother called Police.
Shortly after an alert was sent out, Washington deleted the photos on his camera. The photos were recovered by law enforcement. There were also photos of other unidentified victims with a total of 23 photos. In the photos, officials believe that at least two of the victims appear to be minors.
Police chief Cathy Lanier released a statement on Tuesday, which read: "We invest a great amount of time and effort to ensure that we are hiring the right people and we continue to proactively monitor integrity across the department. But to learn of an allegation of this kind against a person who is sworn to protect our children, it is both shocking and disturbing. We are fortunate that someone came forward to alert us of this behavior to ensure that we prevent future victims."
The police department is investigating whetherWashington may have been involved in similar offenses. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099 or Youth Investigations Division at 202-576-6768. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department's TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.