Following up on motions to dismiss by the FCPD defendants, Federal Judge Anthony Trenga ruled that the case may proceed. Here is how NBC4 reported the development:
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a lawsuit against two former police officers accused of protecting a sex trafficking ring in Northern Virginia in exchange for sex can move forward.
The former Fairfax County officers, Michael O. Barbazette of Manassas and Jason J. Mardocco of Gainesville, had asked a judge at a hearing Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to have the case tossed out.
In a ruling issued Wednesday, Judge Anthony Trenga rejected the motion to dismiss. He did toss out some counts on technical issues but is allowing the plaintiff to file an amended complaint that will comply with the technical failings and allows the substantive accusations to move forward intact.
The case alleges five named and more unnamed FCPD officers, including then Acting Chief Ed Roessler, participated in and/or protected a sex trafficking ring.