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Marc Washington, D.C. cop, could be released after child porn charges

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(WJLA) - A Metropolitan Police Department officer accused of taking naked photos of a teenage girl could be released on electronic monitoring to stay with his father, pending a 24-hour stay after the execution of search warrants. 

Marc Washington, a seven-year veteran of the force, was charged this week with production of child pornography after a brief investigation. He appared in federal court late Thursday. 

Metropolitan Police Department Internal Affairs told the court that Washington has been suspended without pay and stripped of his gun, badge and uniform as the investigation continues.

Washington, who served in D.C.'s 7th District, took photos of a 15-year-old girl while conducting an investigation into a missing persons report, according to charging documents.

Police say the photos were taken at a home in Southeast Washington late Sunday night. Documents indicate that Washington went over to the victim's house uninvited to speak with her privately and later coerced her into taking off her bra and boxer shorts. 

Court records say that Washington explained that he needed to take photos of her injuries, though the victim insisted she wasn't injured. He allegedly replied that it was procedure. 

Washington allegedly took photos of the naked girl under the guise that he needed them for identification purposes. After the officer left, the girl told her mother what Washington had done.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ari Redborn said in court that Washington had committed the “most egregious of crimes."

But the defense argues Washington is a lifelong resident and homeowner in Waldorf and an Iraqi war veteran who has won several service awards during his seven years with the Department. This is his first citizen complaint. 

Judge John Facciola called the crimes "despicable," but agreed to Washington's release pending trial under the electronic monitoring program, an order delayed 24 hours pending search warrants on the officer's locker, car and cell phone.

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