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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 19, 2013

District Man Pleads Guilty To Sexually Attacking 9-Year-Old Girl

In Broad Daylight on Northeast Washington Street
-Accosted Girl After She Left a Store-

     WASHINGTON - Demetrick Littlejohn, 27, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to a charge stemming from a recent attack on a nine-year old girl that took place in broad daylight in Northeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.                                             

     Littlejohn pled guilty on Aug. 16, 2013 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to one count of attempted second-degree child sexual abuse in an Alford plea. Under such a plea, the defendant does not admit the allegations but agrees that the government has enough evidence to secure a conviction. Littlejohn is scheduled to be sentenced by the Honorable Russell F. Canan on Oct. 18, 2013. He faces up to five years in prison. In addition, Littlejohn will be required to register as a sex offender for ten years.

     According to the government’s factual proffer, on July 26, 2013, at about 1:15 p.m., Littlejohn grabbed a nine-year-old girl who had just come out of a store with her godmother on H Street NE, near Seventh Street. After whispering in her ear that he wanted to have sex with the girl, Littlejohn threw her to the ground and engaged in sexual contact with her until another man pulled him away. Littlejohn walked away but was apprehended and arrested a short time later. Littlejohn told the police that, at the time of the attack, he was high on PCP and recalled none of what had happened.  The police also thought Littlejohn was on PCP at the time, and subsequent drug testing of Littlejohn resulted in positive results for PCP. 

     In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth Division, who investigated the case. He also expressed appreciation for those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Jason Manuel, Victim/Witness Advocate Lezlie Richardson, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter V. Taylor, who investigated and prosecuted the matter.

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Updated February 19, 2015