WASHINGTON DC April 9 2017 — A D.C. police officer was fired Friday after a string of charges he paid a 15-year-old girl for sex, then took back the money at gunpoint.
D.C. police said Friday that 27-year-old Chukwuemeka Ekwonna was terminated as an officer on the force after his arrest by Anne Arundel County police Thursday.
Court documents show a 15-year-old recently told officials that she was robbed by a man on Jan. 9 she met through social media and offered her $80 for sex. After they had sex, the teen told officials the man, later identified as Ekwonna, pointed a gun at her and demanded his money back.
Anne Arundel County police said Ekwonna of Glenn Dale has been charged with armed robbery, assault, third-degree sex offense, reckless endangerment, prostitution and a weapon offense.
The Department of Social Services alerted the Department of Homeland Security's human trafficking task force after learning of the alleged incident. DHS then notified the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Marc Limansky with Anne Arundel County police says detectives only learned of the incident after the teen went looking for help.
The Metropolitan Police Department said Ekwonna has been with them for 14 months and was assigned to the Second District. His police powers had been revoked and he was placed in a "non-contact" status. On Friday, D.C. police announced Ekwonna was fired from the department.
Ekwonna and his father once worked together at the D.C. Department of Corrections. They were sued by an inmate for allegedly using excessive force at the central treatment facility in August of 2013, according to officials. The case was settled in February when the District agreed to pay the man $20,000.
Police say the girl was acting on her own and was not a victim of human trafficking. She is currently not under any criminal investigation related to the case.
Ekwonna was denied bond Friday during a bond hearing.