2 de­tec­tives, 1 sgt. lose guns, badges amid probe

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They only hand­cuffed the woman, telling her friends that they were tak­ing her to the 60th Precinct on W. Eighth St. in Coney Is­land for pro­cess­ing, the friend said.

In­stead, Martins and Hall al­legedly took her to a se­cluded spot about two blocks from the 60th Precinct sta­tion­house, where she says she was forced to per­form a sex act on both cops.

One of the de­tec­tives also raped her, David said.

“She’s a teenager and she was ba­si­cally kid­napped into a po­lice ve­hi­cle with­out any jus­ti­fi­ca­tion,” the at­tor­ney said. “She had her hand­cuffs on when they raped her.”

The de­tec­tives al­legedly forced her out of the minivan about 45 min­utes af­ter tak­ing her into cus­tody and drove off.

Her friend went to the 60th Precinct and found the vic­tim nearby. “She was like ‘They just f---me,’ ” the friend said. “I couldn’t have done any­thing but it was def­i­nitely just one of those damn mo­ments.”

The friend took the vic­tim to her par­ents, who rushed her to Mai­monides Hos­pi­tal for an exam. Doc­tors there found signs of sex­ual as­sault and called po­lice who started the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, David said.

In­ter­nal Af­fairs hadn’t in­ter­viewed the de­tec­tives as of Fri­day as they wait for Brook­lyn pros­e­cu­tors to fin­ish their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but Martins and Hall told col­leagues that the sex was con­sen­sual, ac­cord­ing to the high-rank­ing po­lice source.

David said his client was out­raged by claims the sex was con­sen­sual. “She was in shock. She is a very emo­tional girl,” he said.

David has filed a no­tice of claim for a law­suit against the city.

Martins and Hall were put on mod­i­fied duty, and Espey was put on mod­i­fied duty for fail­ing to su­per­vise the two de­tec­tives.

Martins joined the NYPD in July 2006 and be­came a de­tec­tive in May 2016. Hall be­came a cop in 2010 and was pro­moted to de­tec­tive in April.

Ed Mullins, head of the Sergeants Benev­o­lent As­so­ci­a­tion, said Espey was in­volved in an ar­rest at a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion dur­ing the in­ci­dent. He called it “lu­nacy” for the NYPD to take ac­tion against the sergeant.

Espey, 41, has been a cop for 22 years. He was pre­vi­ously as­signed to the 67 Precinct.

Michael Pal­ladino, pres­i­dent of the De­tec­tives’ En­dow­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, de­clined to com­ment on the probe. “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and the in­for­ma­tion is chang­ing hourly,” he said.

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