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Trans cop faces discipline after ‘extremely disturbing’ incidents with minors

Trans cop faces discipline after ‘extremely disturbing’ incidents with minors
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Sgt. Jessica Hawkins has brought a ton of favorable press coverage to Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department, as the force’s first out transgender officer, and head of its LGBTQ community liaison unit.

But two years after coming out, Hawkins is now awaiting potential disciplinary action following an internal investigation that resulted in a recent suspension, reported WTTG-TV. 

The station reported Hawkins was accused of taking underaged department interns to a bar, and that she showed them a video of her having sex with four men, allegations the department said are “extremely disturbing.”  The incident was first brought to the attention of police brass in June, and after an administrative investigation the complaints were sent to the office of the attorney general for review.

The MPD issued a statement to WTTG:

“Following misconduct allegations, Sergeant Jessica Hawkins was the focus of a recent internal affairs investigation. That investigation has concluded and the findings are currently with the MPD’s disciplinary review division. The DRD will review and determine an appropriate penalty. Throughout the investigation, Sergeant Hawkins remained in her current assignment and is still widely considered a valuable MPD team member in our special liaison division.”  

According to the report, MPD’s internal affairs bureau found the majority of the allegations were sustained, and that Hawkins admitted to taking the teens to the bar and showing them her phone containing the sex video and what was described as “an inappropriate picture.”

The incident happened at Freddie’s in Arlington, well-known for its drag shows and popularity with the LGBTQ community. Accompanying Hawkins were two summer interns, both under the age of 21. One of them reportedly admitted to having a fake ID and showing it to Hawkins; WTTG said she laughed upon seeing it.

According to the report, the sergeant, who was off-duty and out of uniform, showed the interns a “homemade video” of her having sex with four men while she was intoxicated. But she admitted in her interview with internal affairs that while on duty, she purchased vodka and drank the store-bought booze “inside an MPD facility amongst others while they were on duty,” the station reported.

Hawkins has returned to active duty following her suspension and awaits the result of the review as to whether she’ll face disciplinary action.

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