Baltimore police officer charged with prostituting wife

May 11, 2013

A Baltimore police officer was charged with pimping for his wife after officers from a human trafficking task force found him outside a hotel where the woman had agreed to have sex with an undercover officer for cash.

The child recovery task force was working on an investigation into human trafficking when they came across a “young-looking female” advertised as an escort on a Web site, police said. Officers arranged to meet the woman at a hotel near Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, court records show.

Inside the hotel room Friday, a woman identified by police as Marissa Braun-Manneh told an undercover officer that she would have sex for $100 and was placed under arrest, charging documents show.

She said that her husband, Lamin Manneh, was waiting outside in a car, and that she gives him her money and he drives her from “date to date,” according to court records. She said that he posts the online ads using his credit card. Manneh, 31, acknowledged his role in an interview with detectives, records show.

Elena Russo, a state police spokeswoman, said both husband and wife were charged because they appeared to be “working as a team.”

Manneh, of the 2400 block of Marbourne Avenue in Baltimore, is an officer assigned to the Baltimore Police Department’s Eastern District. State police said he was suspended without pay and that the city police’s internal affairs unit would investigate.

“This allegation is a disgrace and embarrassment to every member — both current and retired — who serve with the Baltimore Police Department,” Baltimore’s Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said in a statement. “We expect every member of this department to hold themselves to the highest professional standards. Our colleagues and our community deserve nothing less.”

Manneh was charged in Anne Arundel County District Court with one count each of human trafficking and prostitution and was released on his own recognizance by a District Court commissioner, records show. Braun-Manneh was charged with one count of prostitution and also released on her own recognizance.

Attempts to reach the couple were unsuccessful.

— Baltimore Sun

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