The New York Police Department fired two officers after a department judge found they raped a 15-year-old female member of the NYPD’s Explorers program, a new ruling recently made public says. Officers Sanad Musallam and Yaser Shohatee allegedly “targeted“ the girl, with the two going on to exchange hundreds of sexually explicit phone calls, texts, and photos with her between 2015 and 2016. The two did this, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner on trials wrote, to “satisfy their depraved interests.” The officers had been fired on March 25, four years after the cases were reported to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, but the details of the case did not become public until last week. According to the judge, the officers’ misconduct “would cause any responsible adult, let alone a parent, to recoil in horror.”
The officers were never criminally charged, however, as the teen refused to cooperate with the DA’s office, the New York Post reports.