By Ruben Castaneda
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 20, 2007
A teenage girl testified in federal court yesterday that she had sex with a U.S. Capitol Police sergeant in 2005 when she was 14 and that the sergeant and another man -- a volunteer at a Prince George's County high school and allegedly her pimp -- videotaped sexual encounters with her.
"We had sex," said the girl, now 16, testifying in court in Greenbelt on the second day of Sgt. Michael Malloy's trial on a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor for the purpose of creating child pornography.
Malloy, 35, who also testified, acknowledged his involvement with the girl but said she had told him that she was a 19-year-old college student.
The girl testified that she was driven to Malloy's home in Charles County by Aaron J. Burroughs, a longtime friend of Malloy's and a volunteer football coach at Bowie High School, where the girl said she was a "manager" for the football program.
The girl appeared composed as she briefly described the evolution of her relationship with Burroughs. Burroughs called her in August 2005 to ask whether she would continue as manager with the team, she said. Soon, he began giving her rides home, she said.
"We started out as friends, and we became sexually active," she said. "Later, I started prostituting for him." The girl said nothing more about how the prostitution began.
Burroughs has been indicted in federal court in the District on six counts of sex trafficking of children and first-degree child sexual abuse. He has pleaded not guilty and is in custody awaiting trial.
Testimony in Malloy's trial was completed yesterday. Closing arguments are expected this morning. The charge against him carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, one of his attorneys said.
Malloy testified that at one time, he was on a Capitol Police unit that protected Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who was then the Republican whip.
The investigation began in July 2006, when a police officer found the girl and a man engaged in a sex act in a car at 3 a.m. in Takoma Park. The girl, then 15, told the officer that she was a prostitute and that her pimp was a coach at a high school in Prince George's County.
Burroughs was arrested that day at the Budget Inn on New York Avenue NE, where the girl said he had rented a room for her for the purposes of prostitution.
Yesterday, the girl testified that Malloy and Burroughs each had sex with her during the first encounter at Malloy's home, in October 2005. During that visit, the girl testified, Burroughs videotaped her having sex with Malloy, and Malloy videotaped her having sex with Burroughs.
The government and the defense stipulated that prosecutors have visual evidence of Malloy and the girl engaging in vaginal and oral sex, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Sartori said in court. U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. told the jury that the stipulation was to avoid having to show the video in court.
The girl, identified in court only by her initials, testified that Burroughs drove her to Malloy's home a second time, the next month. She testified that she turned 15 that month but did not say whether the birthday was before or after the visit.
The girl said she never told Malloy that she was a 19-year-old college student. "No I didn't," she said, when asked by Sartori. "We barely talked."
Under direct examination by defense attorney Kenneth W. Ravenell, Malloy said the girl had misled him about her age. He mentioned that one of his brothers had graduated from Bowie State, Malloy said, and he and the girl chatted about the school.
He testified that he never tried to hide from investigators that he had had sex with the girl. When Ravenell asked whether he had any reason to hide the encounters, Malloy replied, "No sir."
On Monday, Malloy pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, under an agreement that would have resolved the case without a trial, but then withdrew the plea, court records show.