Two NYPD cops fired over alleged sexual misconduct with teen

Two NYPD cops had intercourse with a susceptible teen member of the police youth program, profiting from the underage woman to “satisfy their depraved interests,” an inside division choose has dominated.

The officers’ “shocking professional and sexual misconduct” included habits from one among them that “would cause any responsible adult, let alone a parent, to recoil in horror,” the NYPD choose wrote in a scathing ruling made public final week.

Then-Officers Sanad Musallam and Yaser Shohatee “focused’’ the woman, who was 15 on the time and a member of the NYPD’s Explorers program, in accordance with the disciplinary paperwork.

Musallam and Shohatee, now 34 and 41, respectively, individually engaged in trysts with her amid dozens of cellphone chats and lots of of textual content exchanges, which included “sexually explicit” images, between 2015 and 2016, the information declare.

The choose, Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Trials Paul Gamble, advisable dismissing each cops after discovering them responsible of the sexual encounters and different inside misconduct prices in a 41-page ruling that forcefully rejected the officers’ narrative.

Both cops had denied the allegations and remained on the power at full pay till they had been fired March 25, three weeks after Gamble’s ruling — and 4 years after the allegations had been reported to The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs, in accordance with disciplinary and payroll information.

Neither officer was ever criminally charged, with the case falling aside after the teen refused to proceed to cooperate with investigators, mentioned a spokesman for the DA’s workplace.

The accusations had been by no means earlier than made public. The NYPD started posting the outcomes of their inside trials earlier this yr following a associated courtroom battle.

The two officers couldn’t be reached for remark, and their legal professionals didn’t return calls.

Shohatee, who met the teen on the job, solicited images from the woman on Snapchat and requested her if she “would be down to have sex” in early 2016, the paperwork say.

After the social-media trade, the cop, who was 38 on the time, had the 15-year-old woman over his condo late at night time at the very least twice between November 2015 and May 2016, in accordance with the ruling.

In one of many “clandestine” meet-ups, Shohatee despatched a cab to the woman’s home to select her up after which take her again dwelling hours later, the docs say.

The pair additionally met as soon as in his automobile, in accordance with the paperwork.

In complete, the 2 exchanged 857 texts, the interior prices say.

Shohatee admitted to having the woman alone in his condo however denied any sexual interplay and testified “that he did not think having The Minor in his apartment was problematic,” the information present.

In the primary go to, the cop informed investigators, the woman had to make use of his lavatory and was in his condo for now not than half-hour.

As for her second go to, she requested to return over, he mentioned, in accordance with the disciplinary papers.

The choose dismissed Shohatee’s protection, writing in his determination that the secretiveness of their conferences proved the officer knew “of the illicit nature” of them and dominated that the 2 had intercourse at the very least twice.

“The insidious and sinister nature of [Shohatee’s] repeated actions would trigger any accountable grownup, not to mention a mother or father, to recoil in horror,’’ Gamble wrote.

Meanwhile, Musallam first met the woman when her mom known as 911 after the teen went lacking, the paperwork say.

The mom requested if she might give the woman the officer’s cellphone quantity in order that the teen might “contact him if she ever needed help or guidance,” the choose wrote.

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Two NYPD cops took benefit of a susceptible teen member of the police youth program.
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Between July 2015 and December 2016, Musallam exchanged 742 texts and logged 80 cellphone calls with the underage woman, in accordance with the fees.

In July 2016, the woman texted the cop, “My love, I have a big crush on you,” the paperwork say.

Musallam responded, “What did I tell you about texting me like this? U want me to block ur number?” in accordance with the information.

The teen adopted up the trade with a bootleg picture of herself “lying on her stomach on a bed, wearing a shirt and thong underwear, revealing a large area of her buttocks,” in accordance with the disciplinary paperwork.

Musallam testified that earlier than the picture, he thought her texts had been “not inappropriate but weird and unusual.”

But the cop by no means reported the picture or informed the mother about it, the paperwork say.

“I find that its incriminating nature should have been immediately apparent to any reasonable adult, let alone a police officer,” the choose wrote.

According to the ruling, Musallam did inform the woman’s mom in May 2016 he was apprehensive she “is becoming too attached and that she needs therapy,” including after the illicit picture, “he cannot message her because of emojis and flirty messages.”

Musallam claimed he saved the picture as “insurance… just in case” the woman accused him of “malfeasance” but by no means blocked her quantity, the ruling says.

He additionally mentioned he informed his spouse concerning the image however later admitted throughout the trial that she discovered it whereas looking out by means of his cellphone.

At one level throughout his relationship with the teen, Musallam and the woman had been alone in his automobile whereas he was off-duty, the paperwork say.

The teen claimed to investigators that the cop requested her to “perform oral sex upon him, which she refused to do,” in accordance with the information.

“He then asked her if she would ‘give him a hand job,’” the information say, including she complied.

Musallam denied the teen’s accusation, testifying she bought within the automobile after she “lied” to get him there and that the mom was on the stoop “about ten feet away” as they talked for “no more than five minutes.”

But the choose wrote, “The proof helps a discovering that Respondents individually focused The Minor as a very susceptible particular person they had been morally obliged to guard however selected to benefit from to fulfill their wicked pursuits.

“Had I acquitted both Respondents of the sexual misconduct charges, I would nevertheless recommend termination, as the lack of judgment evinced by their flagrant disregard of Department policy would make it impossible for them to continue to be sworn police officers.”

The NYPD didn’t reply questions from The Post about the place the officers had been assigned once they had been nonetheless on the power or if that they had been reassigned or suspended after the accusations.

“There is zero tolerance in the NYPD for corruption of any kind and these two former officers forfeited their privilege to be part of our proud Police Department by disgracefully violating their oaths of office and the public trust,” a police spokesman mentioned.

“We applaud the fact that it is as a result of an internal NYPD disciplinary trial that these individuals are no longer members of this Police Department.”

A spokesman for the Brooklyn DA mentioned in an announcement,” “While investigating the trafficking of a teenage woman, our workplace realized of troubling allegations that she was sexually abused by two law enforcement officials years earlier.

“While the younger sufferer repeatedly refused to take part in any legal or different authorized proceedings, we referred our findings to the Internal Affairs Bureau, in the end resulting in the officers’ termination.’’

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