Marc Washington, D.C. Cop Accused of Child Porn, Found Dead

Marc Washington, 32, arrested last week on child porn charges

By Mila Mimica
|  Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013  |  Updated 1:07 PM EDT
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Sources tell News4 a man pulled from the water at Hains Point in Southwest D.C. Tuesday night is believed to be D.C. Police officer Marc Washington.

Jackie Bensen

Sources tell News4 a man pulled from the water at Hains Point in Southwest D.C. Tuesday night is believed to be D.C. Police officer Marc Washington.

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The body of a D.C. police officer accused of child porn was recovered from the water at Hains Point in Southwest D.C. Tuesday night, police confirm.

Officer Marc Washington was pulled from the water just before 9 p.m. Tuesday after U.S. Park Police received a call about a person in the water.

Sources say court documents belonging to Washington were found inside a rental car near the scene. Clothing was also found nearby.

Washington, 32, was arrested last 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.

He was released from prison this week, placed on house arrest and ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device.

Sources told News4's Jackie Bensen that Washington was wearing the GPS device on his ankle when he was pulled from the water Tuesday night.

During a hearing last week, it was revealed Washington, who has been with MPD since 2006, had hundreds of photographs on his digital camera dating back to 2011, many of which depicted women who were victims of domestic violence.

Last week, Lanier said Washington's case was unrelated to the investigation of Officer Linwood Barnhill, another MPD officer who may have "pimped" teenage girls. Barnhill was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of pandering of a monor.

A third officer is under investigation for possibly tipping Washington off about his forthcoming arrest. All of the officers are members of the MPD's Seventh District.

Police say the investigation into Washington's death is ongoing.

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