A District of Columbia police officer has been accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl at DC police headquarters AND a 16-year-old girl at the church where he is pastor.
DC Officer Darrell Best, 45, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was arrested Monday and is being held without bond on four counts, including first-degree sexual assault while armed.
He is accused of sexually abusing two teenage girls who are parishioners of his church God-A Second Chance Ministry on Southern Avenue SE.
A 16-year-old girl told police Saturday Best sexually abused her three times at the church beginning in December. He was off-duty during the incidents, police say, but was in uniform on at least one occasion.
The second victim, now 18 but 17 at the time of the alleged incident, says she was sexually assaulted in Best’s office on the fifth floor of police headquarters after he took her out to dinner Dec. 3, court documents say.
Investigators say they attempted to fool the girl by taking her to another officers office on a different floor, but the girl was able to correcting identify Best’s office.
Police also say they have video of Best and the victim at headquarters together. They also have access key records placing Best there.
Best’s badge and his gun have been revoked.