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Monday, December 10, 2012
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District Man Ordered to Register as Sex Offender
Following Guilty Pleas to Obscenity and Stalking Charges
Defendant Approached 13-Year-Old Boy in One Incident,
Stalked Law School Dean in Another
WASHINGTON – Michael Gasch, also known as Michael Love Peace, 69, of Washington, D.C., was ordered today to register as a sex offender and to stay away from children following his recent guilty pleas to one count of obscenity and one count of stalking in two unrelated cases, one of which involved a 13-year-old boy, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Gasch pled guilty to the charges in October 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Yvonne M. Williams sentenced him today to 1½ years in prison on the charges, but suspended the time on the condition that he successfully complete five years of probation. During that time, Gasch must have no contact with any child 16 years of age or younger and stay away from all places where children congregate, including, but not limited to, parks, public pools and schools. He is to be placed on GPS monitoring during this period.
According to the government’s evidence, at about 9:15 a.m. on Aug. 8, 2012, Gasch, in his car, approached a 13-year-old boy who was walking home from a grocery store in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Northwest Washington. Gasch followed the child, who refused Gasch’s multiple offers to give him a ride home.
At some point, Gasch asked the child if he would like to have a DVD. When Gasch held the DVD cover out of the car window, the child saw the image of a naked male holding a basketball in front of his genitalia. The child, afraid, ran as fast as he could toward his home, with Gasch following behind in the vehicle. The boy ran inside his house and immediately told his parents.
Officers later recovered the DVD cover, which contained images of nudity and sexual conduct. Gasch has been in custody since his arrest on Aug. 8, 2012.
Additionally, in an unrelated case, according to the government's evidence, between Dec. 29, 2011 and Jan. 4, 2012, Gasch engaged in stalking behavior toward a dean at the Howard University Law School. Gasch, who did not know the dean, initially approached her in the parking lot of the school to ask about employment. His stalking behavior included approaching the dean in person, sending the dean numerous e-mails, letters and documents, calling the dean, and sending multiple deliveries of flowers with inappropriate messages to the dean’s home and office.
Gasch engaged in this conduct after he had been told to stop contacting the dean and after being barred from the Howard University campus. As part of today’s sentence, Gasch must stay away from the campuses of Howard University and all faculty and staff members.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the officers and detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth Investigations Division and Second District, who investigated the cases. He also commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ari Redbord and David Reese, who prosecuted the cases.