Ex-Philly Officer Gets 2-4 Years For Sex Offense
Philadelphia Inquirer via YellowBrix
November 13, 2010
PHILADELPHIA – After an unblemished 11 years with the Philadelphia Police Department, Malaika T. Mebane brought his career to an abrupt, unintended end Oct. 19, 2009, when he was caught in a sex act with a female prisoner in a cell at his district station.
On Friday, after Mebane had blamed long-term sex addiction and his retreat from his Christian faith for his crime, the former officer went into custody to begin a 2- to 4-year prison term.
At his sentencing hearing in Common Pleas Court, Mebane, 39, apologized to his 21-year-old victim and many others: “I embarrassed myself, my friends, and the Police Department. I destroyed my career.”
He told Judge Karen Shreeves-Johns he was undergoing psychological treatment for sex addiction and was again a Christian.
“I have finally found God,” Mebane said. “Satan was in my life. I was going hand in hand with him.”
Mebane’s attorney, Scott Philip Sigman, told the court the officer’s career record had been “exemplary,” before his arrest.
Mebane pleaded guilty in June to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and institutional sexual assault.
The attack occurred after the victim was arrested at home on a simple-assault charge and taken to the 35th Police District at Broad Street and Champlost Avenue in Ogontz. Mebane was a cell-block officer there.
As the woman was making a phone call, he groped her and led her to a nearby cell, where he forced her to commit a sex act.
“This was a life experience that I’ll never forget,” the victim told the judge. “I’m not as comfortable as I used to be around people. I can never forget this.”
Shreeves-Johns seemed unimpressed with Mebane’s contrition, telling him the only thing he had done to mitigate his prison sentence was to plead guilty and not put his victim through a trial. The judge called his conduct “disgusting and disgraceful. I don’t know what level of trust could ever have been placed in you.”
When he is released from prison, Mebane will have to register with the state police as a sex offender.
Shreeves-Johns said Mebane and other corrupt officers harm the reputation of the Police Department and contribute to the city’s crime rate: “You are a reason that nobody trusts the police.”