No verdict in case of cop accused of sex assault

A D.C. Superior Court Judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the trial of police officer Larry Seay after a jury was unable to decide whether he had sexually assaulted two women while patrolling his beat in Northwest Washington.

Seay, 39, a patrol officer in the city’s 3rd District, was charged with assaulting the women while on duty and in uniform between September 2006 and July 2010. The women said in court that they had worked as prostitutes. In court, Seay’s public defenders said the sex was consensual.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin declared the mistrial. A status hearing will be held Friday to determine what happens next in the case. Seay was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the trial.

Seay was originally charged in 2011 with nine counts of sexual assault involving three women. The jury was considering only charges involving two of the three alleged victims. A separate trial has been scheduled regarding the third, authorities said.

Rachel Weiner covers cops and courts in Arlington and Alexandria.
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