Probation for ex-cops in sex case with woman arrested

NEW YORK (AP) -- A judge say he's choosing probation over jail for two ex-New York City detectives accused of having sex in a police van with an 18-year-old woman they arrested.

Eddie Martins and Richard Hall pleaded guilty Thursday to official misconduct and other charges stemming from the September 2017 incident.

Judge Danny Chun said he'll sentence the men in October to five years of probation. Prosecutors wanted them jailed for at least a year.

The Brooklyn district attorney's office dropped kidnapping and rape charges against Martins and Hall in March, citing "serious credibility issues."

A since-closed loophole in state law allowed police to escape sexual assault charges by claiming sex acts were consensual.

Martins and Hall resigned in November 2017 before facing an administrative proceeding that could have resulted in their firing.