The Washington, D.C. police officer accused of taking illicit photos of a teen girl was found dead on Tuesday night. The body of Officer Marc Washington was pulled from the Potomac River near Hains Point in southwest D.C. Washington was arrested for producing child pornography and charged with taking nude photos of a 15-year-old runaway.
Scott Lucas, an experienced attorney with The Cochran Firm, D.C., represents the 15-year-old and her family. Lucas is preparing a legal strategy for the victim and her family against Washington’s estate and the District of Columbia. He discussed the potential litigation in an interview with news radio station WTOP.
As a result of Washington’s death, Lucas expects the investigation and legal action to move more swiftly. But some factors may complicate the matter. More victims and families may come forward and other D.C. police officers may be involved.
According to reports and a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Washington was arrested after police said he falsely claimed to make an investigation about a missing 15-year-old girl. Washington allegedly told the girl’s mother that he had to investigate, took her into a room, ordered her to undress, and took nude photos of her under the false premise of a police investigation. Washington was released from prison on Monday, Dec. 9, and placed under house arrest. He was found dead in the Potomac River the next day.
In an interview with The Washington Post the day before Washington died, Lucas questioned the appropriateness of releasing a police officer accused of serious legal violations.
“I don’t know why you’d release a man charged with abusing his authority this way,” Lucas told the Washington Post.
During Tuesday’s hearing for his release, it was revealed that Washington had hundreds of photos on his digital camera, many depicting women who were domestic abuse victims. The Cochran Firm, D.C. believes there may be victims other than the 15-year-old Lucas currently represents. If you or someone you know may have been victimized by D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Officer Marc Washington or another police officer, please contact The Cochran Firm. Because strict time deadlines apply to bringing potential legal claims, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible.