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DC officer acquitted of sexually assaulting 2 women while on duty

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A D.C. police officer was acquitted by a judge of sexually abusing two prostitutes while on duty and in uniform.

Judge Robert Morin said he could not find beyond a reasonable doubt that the prosecution proved its case that Seay had sexually abused the women.

In his decision, the judge said he had trouble with parts of the women’s stories and said Officer Seay admitted soliciting the women for sex and that the woman were paid.

In the summer of 2010, Seay was working as a uniformed officer in the Third District driving a D.C. police van.

He was indicted in July of 2011 and his first trial last summer ended in a hung jury.

According to the court documents filed in the case, Seay approached the women on the street in the early morning hours while in uniform and asked them what they were doing in the neighborhood. He then asked to see their purses and told them to follow him to the rear of a building on Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest D.C. where he had a key card to the building.

Court documents say Seay then took the women to a stairwell on the tenth floor where there were no cameras and they had sex. He then paid one of the women $40 and $50 to the other woman.

But Judge Morin said both women admitted being prostitutes and were both looking for "dates" that night. There was no evidence of abuse beyond a reasonable doubt.

Outside the courthouse, Seay had no comment.

The Third District officer, who is on leave without pay, still faces serious felony charges involving a third prostitute.

In those charges, prosecutors claim Seay took a woman into custody after catching her in the process of a sex act with a john. He handcuffed her and then drove her to an alley near Shaw Junior High School where he removed the handcuffs and forced her to have sex.

Even though he admitted it, Officer Seay has not been charged with solicitation.

After Judge Morin issued his not guilty verdicts, a woman bolted from the courtroom angrily banging the door against the wall as she left.

Officer Seay’s next trial has not yet been scheduled.

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