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Judge Stays Officer’s Release for 24 Hours

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A judge has stayed the release of a District of Columbia police officer charged with producing child pornography for 24 hours so prosecutors can appeal his decision.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola on Thursday ordered Officer Marc Washington released to home detention and electronic monitoring pending trial.

Washington was arrested this week on charges that he took nude pictures of a 15-year-old girl when she had returned home after being reported missing.

Police said in court that the 32-year-old Washington has been suspended without pay and stripped of his gun, badge and uniform.

Washington’s public defender said in court that the officer is an Iraq war veteran with an unblemished military and police record.

Prosecutors said Washington had hundreds of pictures of females on his camera. Many of the pictures were of domestic violence victims and some of them were of minors, prosecutors said.

Multiple sources tell WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves that a second D.C. police officer is being questioned in relation to Washington’s child porn investigation, and the unidentified officer has been placed on non-contact status.

Police are looking into communication that Washington and the unidentified officer had between the time the 911 call came in about Washington taking nude pictures of the girl and when Washington deleted those pictures.

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