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DC officer accused of assaulting girlfriend released from jail

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(Court sketches by William Hennessy) (Court sketches by William Hennessy)
WASHINGTON -

A married D.C. police officer accused of assaulting and threatening to kidnap his girlfriend has been released from jail on the condition he wear a GPS monitoring bracelet.

Calvin Willis, a Sixth District patrol officer, has been locked up since Tuesday after his girlfriend claimed the officer repeatedly kicked her during an argument.

There was no testimony in court after Willis waived his right Friday to a preliminary hearing.

Instead, the officer’s attorney met with reporters outside the courthouse and denied Willis met his girlfriend while on patrol or that the two began a romantic relationship when she was 15 years old.

Harold Martin told reporters there has been a rush to judgment.

A court affidavit filed in the case makes a number of claims against Willis, a 52-year-old patrol officer with the Metropolitan Police Department.

The one that stands out is a claim by his girlfriend he met her on the street while on patrol and asked her if she could “keep a secret.” For the next 10 years, the two had an affair which produced two children with a third on the way.

It is an allegation denied by his attorney.

According to a court document called a "Gerstein," early on the morning of Monday, May 5, the two got into an argument at the girlfriend’s apartment on Saratoga Avenue in Northeast D.C. where the officer allegedly yelled, "I'm going to kill you and throw you out the window.” He then allegedly threw her against a wall and kicked her.

"I would argue that many of the representations made and contained in the Gerstein are not true," said Martin, the officer’s defense attorney.

Also contained in the document is a suggestion the officer has been living a double life -- that he is married with a family and living in Fort Washington.

According to Martin, "There is a lot of corroborating information that could sway this case one way or the other that hasn't been unearthed yet, so we will see how it plays itself out.”

Since Officer Willis waived his right to a hearing, the case now goes to a grand jury and how it proceeds from there is up to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Willis has been placed on administrative leave with pay.


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