Child porn charge added to case against D.C. officer accused of prostituting teens

Federal prosecutors Tuesday charged a veteran D.C. police officer — currently in jail and charged with prostituting two teenage girls — with the additional offense of possessing child pornography.

As a result of the new federal charge, Linwood Barnhill Jr.’s case will be transferred from D.C. Superior Court to U.S. District Court.

Barnhill, 47, was arrested in December and charged with two counts of pandering a minor for the purpose of prostitution. Police allege that a 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl were working for Barnhill.

Since the arrest, the investigation has continued, and this week authorities added the federal charge of possessing child pornography. According to prosecutors, Barnhill took nude pictures of one of the girls with his cellphone in his apartment. Barnhill’s apartment is also where clients allegedly paid to have sex with the girls.

Barnhill’s attorney, Joanne D. Slaight, declined to comment on the new charge.

Barnhill, who has been on the force for 24 years, was assigned to the 7th Police District in Southeast Washington.

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Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

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