Marc Washington, D.C. Police Officer Accused of Producing Child Porn, to Be Released From Prison Monday

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    Marc Washington, an officer with MPD, will be released from jail Monday to house arrest and GPS tracking. Another MPD officer is under investigation for pimping teenage girls. News4's Pat Collins has the latest details. (Published Friday, Dec 6, 2013)

    A D.C. police officer accused of taking nude photographs of a teen will be released from prison Monday and placed under house arrest.

    Marc Washington, 32, was arrested earlier this week on child porn charges after he visited the home of a teenage girl who had previously been reported missing, ordered her to remove her clothing and took photos of her, all while he was on duty.

    The girl told her mother what happened shortly after Washington left her family's home. The mother called authorities, and Washington was arrested within hours.

    As part of  his bond agreement, Washington will be released Monday to obtain his home's deed, then placed in round-the-clock house arrest and ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device.

    In a news conference Friday, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that while police sometimes police separate people for interviews, parents always have the right to object.

    "I'd say in the case where there's a juvenile involved, the parent has the right to object, always...Dial 911 and request a supervisor then and there."

    During a hearing Thursday, it was revealed Washington had hundreds of photographs on his digital camera dating back to 2011, many of which depicted women who were victims of domestic violence.

    It is not common for officers to use their own cameras while on duty, Lanier said.

    Another D.C. police officer is under investigation for possibly tipping Washington off about his forthcoming arrest earlier this week, according to sources, although Lanier would say only that that officer has been placed on no-contact status.

    Washington's arrest is not connected to this week's investigation of another D.C. police officer who may have "pimped" teenage girls, Lanier said Friday.

    "I will say right now there is no connection between the two that we are aware of at all," she said.

    In that case, Linwood Barnhill, 47, was found inside his Southeast D.C. apartment Tuesday with a teenage girl who had been reported missing. Police executed a search warrant on Barnhill's home Wednesday, and seized several cell phones, marijuana and a laptop computer.

    According to documents, the 16-year-old girl said a police officer took naked photos of her, told her she'd be going by the name "Juicy," and arranged for her to engage in sexual acts.

    Barnhill, a 24-year veteran of MPD, has been on desk duty since September 2012, although Lanier declined to comment on the reason, citing medical privacy laws.

    "It really shakes morale for the entire agency," said Lanier of the two cases.

    "We've come so far," she said. "We have people now who feel comfortable telling us about these complaints... It only takes one cop to shake everybody in our community."

    Sources say all three officers worked in MPD's Seventh District.

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