Washington (WUSA9) -- A DC police officer accused of using his police powers to coerce teenaged girls to submit to naked photos has been ordered released to electronically monitored home detention pending a trial.
However, the federal Magistrate Judge John Facciola stayed his own order for 24 hours to give prosecutors time to appeal the decision.
32-year old officer Marc Washington has been locked up since being charged Monday with taking sexually explicit photos of a 15-year-old runaway and then trying to delete them from his camera after the mother's girl alerted police.
Washington was on duty, in uniform and armed when the photos were taken prosecutors say. Washington told the girl he needed the naked photographs to identify her if she ever ran away again, investigators allege.
"He used his position of authority to commit the most egregious crimes," said prosecutor Ari Redbord.
A camera confiscated from Washington had photos dating back to 2011 and included shots of three more unidentified potential victims, Redbord said. One suspected victim appeared to be a girl photographed in a bedroom in April of 2012.
Washington is single and lives with his father in a Waldorf townhome. He is an Iraq war veteran with an unblemished military and police record, his public defender said.
Washington has been stripped of his police powers, badge and gun.