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Two NYPD cops quit force following charges they raped handcuffed 18-year-old in back of police van

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Two New York Police narcotics detectives charged with raping an 18-year-old female in a police van quit the force Monday.

Eddie Martins and Richard Hall, both formerly assigned to the Brooklyn South Narcotics Division, resigned in person at NYPD headquarters, according to WABC-TV. Both faced being fired following a departmental trial that was set to begin Thursday. 

Martins, 37,  joined the department in 2006. Hall, 33,  joined the department in 2010.

What happened?

The woman alleged that the two officers forced her to perform sex acts on them just minutes after arresting her for possession of marijuana and prescription drugs.

The victim, who was driving, was stopped by the plainclothes officers Sept. 15. She had two passengers with her in the car. The detectives shined a flashlight in her car and saw the woman adjusting her bra. They asked if she was hiding something and responded that she was adjusting her nipple ring. They told her to prove it. The teen raised her shirt and exposed her breasts, the New York Times reported.

The officers searched her car and found a small amount of marijuana and a few pills of Klonopin, according to the story. They took the young woman into custody and drove off, prosecutor Frank DeGaetano said during the officers' arraignment in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn Monday. Klonopin is an anti-anxiety medication.

After driving off, Martins called the woman's friends and explicitly told them not to follow their vehicle, DeGaetano said. 

At that point, Martins told the woman that he and Hall are "freaks," according to the New York Times. Martins allegedly asked the woman what she would do to keep from being arrested.

The victim told police that Martins tightened the handcuffs and forced her to perform oral sex before raping her.

Hall stands accused of watching through the rearview mirror and ignoring the woman's cries for Martins to stop. When Martins finished, the two men reportedly switched places. Then, Hall forced her to perform oral sex on him, according to the prosecutor.

According to the report, after the alleged attack, the officers dropped the woman off about five blocks from their station house. They made the victim take one of her Klonopin pills and told her to "keep her mouth shut," the prosecutor said.

What are the charges against Martins and Hall?

Last Monday, Martins and Hall were indicted on 50 counts and immediately suspended, WABC reported.

They face charges of first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, second-degree misconduct and related counts.

Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The court set Martins' bail at $250,000 and Hall's at $150,000. Both were released on bail and ordered to return to court on Jan. 18.

If convicted, each faces up to 25 years in jail.

The victim's attorney has also filed a claim for $50 million in damages, according to WABC.

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