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Friday, April 18, 2014

District Man Sentenced To 23-Month Prison Term For Accosting 10-Year-Old And 12-Year-Old GirlsSeparate Incidents Took Place In 2012

     WASHINGTON – David Gantt, 29, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 23 months in prison on charges stemming from his sexual abuse of two girls in separate incidents during the summer of 2012, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced. 

     Gantt pled guilty in January 2014, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to one count of attempted second-degree child sexual abuse and one count of misdemeanor sexual abuse.  He was sentenced by the Honorable Robert E. Morin. Upon completion of his prison term, Gantt will be placed on three years of supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

     According to the government’s evidence, in July 2012, Gantt molested a 12-year-old girl in the laundry room of an apartment building in Southeast Washington. Approximately one month later, Gantt inappropriately touched a 10-year-old girl who was visiting a friend who lived in Gantt’s apartment.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth Division, which investigated the case. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Jason Manuel and Victim/Witness Advocate Veronica Vaughan. Finally, he commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter V. Taylor, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

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Updated February 19, 2015