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MPD officer suspended in connection to child porn investigation

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Another D.C. police officer has been suspended in connection with an investigation into the production of child pornography by fellow cop.

The identity of this officer has not been released, but the suspension was confirmed Friday afternoon by D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Authorities say the suspension is in connection to Tuesday's arrest of Ofc. Marc Washington, who is accused of photographing a 15-year-old girl naked while investigating a missing persons report.

Washington, whom sources say works in MPD's 7th District, allegedly took pictures of the victim at a Southeast D.C. apartment late Sunday night. During a private interview with the girl, he is accused of telling her to take off her bra and boxer shorts with the intention of taking pictures for identification purposes.

Not long after it happened, the girl's mother contacted police, and after a 911 dispatch for his arrest went out, Washington allegedly started deleting photos. Law enforcement officials say they were able to recover enough material to make an arrest.

A day later, a second 7th District officer was accused in court documents of running a prostitution ring out of his own District of Columbia apartment. That officer has not yet been charged with a crime.

In a statement released Thursday, Lanier said that she and the department would not stand for these types of actions.

"The misguided actions of a few in no way reflect on the professionalism, dedication, and integrity of the Department," Lanier said.

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