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MPD Officer Arrested on Pandering Charges

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Metropolitan Police Department has announced the arrest of an officer on pandering charges. On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, the Youth Investigations Division obtained an arrest warrant for Officer Linwood Barnhill, Jr. charging him with two counts of Pandering of a Minor. On Wednesday, December 11, 2013 he was arrested in Southeast, DC by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Officer Barnhill, Jr. joined the Metropolitan Police Department in 1989 and has been placed on Administrative Leave. Officer Barnhill has not been on full duty since September 2012.

“As disheartening as it is to have members of this department involved in this type of conduct, I take solace in knowing that it was members of this department who worked tirelessly to ensure that they were brought to justice,” said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether the officer may have been involved in similar offenses. Anyone with information about similar offenses is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099 or the Youth Investigations Division at 202-576-6768. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.