A former D.C. police officer admitted in federal court Friday that he forced underage teenagers to work as escorts out of his Southeast Washington apartment, but a judge expressed concern that the eight-year sentence negotiated by the prosecution and defense was too lenient.
Linwood Barnhill Jr., 48, who served on the force for 24 years and retired in advance of the hearing, pleaded guilty to two counts of pandering minors for prostitution and one count of possession of child pornography, the Washington Post reports.
The deal reached by the U.S. attorney’s office and Barnhill’s attorney is lower than the nine to 12 years federal sentencing guidelines recommend for the officer. U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer said she would agree to the negotiated sentence only after she learns more about Barnhill’s background.
Melissa Swailes—whose husband, Officer David Swailes of the LAPD, died by suicide in February 2016—discusses the day of David's death.