Metropolitan police officer faces sex offense, robbery charges

http://www.wbaltv.com/article/metropolitan-police-officer-arrested-in-anne-arundel-county/9244391?platform=hootsuite

Chukwuemeka Ekwonna charged in connection with incident involving 15-year-old girl

, Updated: 6:37 PM EDT Apr 7, 2017

Chukwuemeka Ekwonna, 27, of Glenn Dale, was arrested Thursday at his home in the 7500 block of Lake Glen Drive in Prince George’s County. Ekwonna is charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree sex offense, reckless endangerment, prostitution and related weapons charges, police said.

A judge denied bond Friday afternoon calling the charges “incredibly disturbing.” Ekwonna appeared in court Friday via video chat.

Police said the charges stem from an incident on Jan. 9 when Ekwonna met a 15-year-old girl on the social media app Tagged. The girl agreed to meet him to engage in sexual activity in exchange for money, police said.

Once the sexual encounter was over inside his vehicle, Ekwonna produced a gun and demanded his money back, police said. The girl complied and Ekwonna left the vehicle.

“We have a situation here where an officer’s involved from another jurisdiction who was in a position of trust,” Anne Arundel County police spokesman Marc Limansky said.

Police were initially notified of the girl March 13 by the Department of Homeland Security over concerns about possible human trafficking. However, police said the victim was acting on her own. Still, she is receiving appropriate support services, police said.

“Because social services believed this was a human-trafficking-related incident, they notified Homeland Security; however, we have no indication that any human trafficking has occurred here. She was engaged in this on her own free will and was not being forced to engage in this activity whatsoever,” Limansky said.

Ekwonna has been with the Metropolitan Police Department for 14 months and is assigned to the Second District. His police powers have been revoked and he has been placed in a non-contact status.

“It’s very unfortunate to have happened, but fortunately, he has been arrested and is off the streets,” Limansky said.

The incident is being investigated by the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the Metropolitan Police Department Internal Affairs Division.

WBAL-TV 11 News reached out to Ekwonna’s family by phone but did not receive a comment. Ekwonna’s father, who attended the court proceedings, declined to comment. In court, he said Ekwonna has always been a good son.

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