TEEN PROSTITUTION CASE
Sergeant Released From Jail After Sex Abuse Charge
Tuesday, August 8, 2006
A U.S. Capitol Police sergeant was released from jail yesterday after being charged with child sexual abuse, the latest turn in a sex scandal involving a teenage prostitute and a high school coach accused of being her pimp.
Sgt. Michael Malloy, 34, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge, was not required to post bail yesterday. But D.C. Superior Court Judge James E. Boasberg imposed several conditions on his release, including a requirement that Malloy be monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet, that he not have contact with children under 16 and that he abide by a curfew of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Malloy is accused of having videotaped sex at his home with a 15-year-old girl. Authorities believe the alleged liaison was arranged by his friend Aaron J. Burroughs, a former Bowie High School assistant football coach, according to court documents. The unidentified girl has told police that she was a prostitute and Burroughs was her pimp. Burroughs also has been charged with sexually abusing the girl.
Steve J. McCool, Malloy's attorney, said that his client denies the allegations and that prosecutors have no evidence that there was any forced sex act or that Malloy knew the girl was only 15.
"My client denies that he had sexual relations with this young woman in the District," McCool said.
Malloy has been suspended from the Capitol Police force, where he has worked for 15 years. He surrendered to D.C. police and the FBI on Friday.
Burroughs, who was jailed last week, has been suspended from his job as a Metrobus driver and let go from his position as a volunteer assistant junior varsity coach at Bowie High. Avis Buchanan, director of the public defender service for the District, declined to comment last night.
Channing Phillips, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, said prosecutors are investigating the case and have not ruled out charging other people.
"This is a very active investigation, involving several jurisdictions," Phillips said. "We intend to follow the evidence wherever it leads us."
Malloy has lived for several months with a family member in the Bryans Road community in Charles County, McCool said. He said that Malloy was promoted to sergeant a year and a half ago and that there are no disciplinary actions on his professional record. McCool added that Malloy has parents and a brother in the area.
Burroughs was jailed without bond last week after Takoma Park police found the teenage girl having oral sex with a man in a parked car. That man has not been charged, said Carol Bannerman, a Takoma Park police spokeswoman.
The teenager said she had worked as a prostitute under Burroughs's direction several times since September 2005, according to the charging document. Once, she said, she had oral sex in a D.C. parking lot near Independence Avenue with a paying customer named Mike who had a holstered handgun. Investigators identified the man as Malloy.