On August 9, a federal grand jury indicted a former Metropolitan Police officer on charges connect to sex trafficking of minors. Twenty-eight-year-old Chukwuemeka Ekwonna of Glenn Dale also allegedly utilized interstate commerce facility to lure minors into prostitution.
On January 24, 2016, Ekwonna was employed with the Metropolitan Police Department as a police officer. Around June 7, 2010, he created a social media account, which he called “E-man aka wateva u want me 2 be” on Tagged, a popular social media platform.
Ekwonna exchanged about 53,000 messages with thousands of Tagged users between June 1, 2011 and April 6, 2017, according to the 10-count indictment. Some of the messages contained offerings of money for exchange of specific sex acts. Ekwonna also negotiated prices for sex with those Tagged users.
According to the indictment, Ekwonna exchanged about 200 Tagged and text messages with a 14-year-old girl between December 19, 2016 and April 5, 2017. . In some of the messages, Ekwonna offered the girl money to engage in sex acts with him.
Ekwonna and a 15-year-old girl exchanged nearly 54 Tagged messages, which contained offerings of pay to engage in sex acts with him. At the time of the offenses, both girls were in the ninth grade.
During an encounter with the 15-year-old victim, Ekwonna pointed a handgun at the girl and demanded the money back that he had paid her.
Ekwonna faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a minimum 10-year prison sentence, as well as a $250,000 fine if he is found guilty.