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DC cop arrested on child porn charges to be released pending trial under strict conditions

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U.S. District Court Judge John Facciola has ordered D.C. police officer Marc Washington released on charges of producing child pornography, pending trial.

But he stayed the order for 24 hours to give prosecutors the chance to appeal the decision.

Washington was arrested Tuesday after he was charged with taking naked pictures of a teenaged girl while he was on duty.

Prosecutor Ari Redbord told the court the 32-year-old officer, who has been on the force for eight years, took naked pictures of a 15-year-old girl, who had been reported missing.

Washington took the original report, then when the girl returned home, he showed up unannounced and had a private meeting with the girl in her bedroom.

Redbord says Washington, armed and in uniform, asked the girl to remove her clothes and took pictures of her breasts, buttocks and vaginal area, claiming it was police procedure for identification purposes.

The prosecution says police discovered hundreds of images in a camera belonging to Washington. Some pictures of the 15-year-old girl and some of at least two other unidentified females, who had been injured and were connected to other crime scenes, including domestic violence. He said some of the images had been deleted.

Washington's lawyer, public defender Michelle Peterson, argued for his release, saying he would comply with police procedures, that he had served in Iraq and been honorably discharged from the Army. She also said there had been no citizen complaints against him in his eight years at the Metropolitan Police Department.

Judge Facciolo said the charges against Washington were despicable. The condition of the officer's release include continuing to live with his father at Washington's home in Waldorf, Md., wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet and having a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Statement from Police Chief Cathy Lanier Regarding Recent Events:

"The Department is very concerned about the recent allegations of egregious conduct by two officers. We recognize that the actions of individual officers reflect on the entire Department. To uncover any potential malfeasance by officers, the Department regularly conducts audits and investigations of their conduct and behavior, both when on-duty and off-duty. The misguided actions of a few in no way reflect on the professionalism, dedication, and integrity of the Department. As we have seen several times this year with three officers shot in the line of duty, MPD officers put their lives on the line every single day to protect residents and visitors in the District of Columbia. That will not change."

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