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District Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing 12-Year Old Girl

     WASHINGTON - Tyrone Ball, 46, pled guilty today to a felony charge stemming from the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Ball, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to a charge of first degree child sexual abuse. He faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced by the Honorable Thomas J. Motley on November 18, 2011.

     At the plea hearing, Ball admitted that on August 6, 2011, he caused the victim to submit to oral sex at an apartment in Southeast Washington. At the time, he was the boyfriend of the victim’s mother and frequently stayed at the family’s apartment. The defendant assaulted the victim late at night when the other family members were asleep. Ball admitted that he caused the victim to engage in sexual acts or contact on approximately 15 previous occasions.

     In announcing the guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Machen expressed his appreciation to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), especially Detective Scott Dowling. He also commended the work of Legal Assistant Ashley Patterson, Paralegal Joyce Arthur, Victim Advocate Tracey Hawkins, and John Marsh from the Criminal Investigations Unit. Lastly, he commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassidy Kesler Pinegar, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

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