Wendel Palmer, former D.C. officer, found guilty of rape

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A former MPD officer and church youth choir director has been found guilty of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl.{ }

For years, prosecutors{ }say 45-year-old Wendel Palmer raped the girl, who sang in the youth choir at the Bethel Temple Church of Christ in Southeast Washington.

Officials say the{ }abuse occurred at Palmer's Maryland home, at the church during breaks in choir rehearsals, and at other locations in the District and in Maryland.{ }

“We were on break,” the victim testified in October. “He sent the kids to the store. He told me to go to the back because he had to talk to me in the preacher’s office. He closed the door. He started touching me and kissing me.”{ }

The victim reported the abuse in 2012, after she turned 18.{ }

Sentencing is set for January 31, 2014.