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Judge stays officer's release for 24 hours

Thursday - 12/5/2013, 11:09pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A judge has stayed the release of a District of Columbia police officer charged with producing child pornography for 24 hours so prosecutors can appeal his decision.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola on Thursday ordered Officer Marc Washington released to home detention and electronic monitoring pending trial.

Washington was arrested this week on charges that he took nude pictures of a 15-year-old girl when she had returned home after being reported missing.

Police said in court that the 32-year-old Washington has been suspended without pay and stripped of his gun, badge and uniform.

Washington's public defender said in court that the officer is an Iraq war veteran with an unblemished military and police record.


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