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A Waldorf resident who is a Washington, D.C., police officer was charged earlier this week with production of child pornography.
The Metropolitan Police Department announced Tuesday that one of its officers, Marc Washington, had been arrested.
News reports indicate Washington, 32, lives in Waldorf.
Reporters went to two addresses listed for a Marc Washington in the Waldorf area Thursday afternoon. At one address no one was home, and at the second address, a woman came to the door and closed the door on the reporter once she identified herself.
Washington was arrested after allegations Dec. 2 that an on-duty officer had produced pornographic images of a minor, a news release from the police department states.
A criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia states that at about 1 a.m. Dec. 1, Washington, who joined the Metropolitan Police Department in 2006 and was assigned to the 7th District, according to the news release, went to an apartment in the Southeast area of the District to take a report from a mother who had reported her daughter missing the night before.
About 1 p.m. Dec. 1, the girl came home, and the mother called 911 to have her daughter taken off the missing persons list, the complaint states. At 11:40 that evening, the report states, Washington returned to the apartment without being called.
He asked to speak privately with the mother and then asked to speak with the girl in her bedroom.
Washington asked a few questions about where the girl was when she was reported missing, the report states, and then asked the girl to take off her top and bra. When asked why, the report states Washington explained “he needed to take any photos of injuries.” When told she had no injuries, the document states the officer said “it was part of the procedure.” The girl complied, and the officer took pictures of her upper body. The documents state that she was allowed to put her top and bra back on but after answering the officers questions about any tattoos, he asked her to lower her shorts so the tattoos could be documented for evidence.
The report states Washington had the girl dress when they heard the mother using a nearby bathroom. Washington spoke briefly with the mother, handed the girl a piece of paper with his name and phone number and left the residence, the complaint states.
The girl then told her mother what happened, and the mother called police, according to the complaint.
A dispatcher sent a message to all 7th District officers at 12:38 a.m. Dec. 2 with information regarding the incident while Washington still was on duty.
Washington was stopped by police. With a search warrant, officers were able to take the camera Washington had on him. There were 12 photos of the girl, according to the complaint. Nine had been deleted and were recovered by law enforcement. Some of those pictures were of her exposed body parts.
The complaint report states numerous photos of unidentified females were found on the camera. Of the additional photos, 23 had been deleted, and four of those photos were of exposed body parts.
The complaint states that at least two of the unidentified women in the photos appear to be minors.
“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,” said Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier in the police department’s news release.
Lanier added, “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.”