FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 17, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison
For Sexually Assaulting a Teenager in 2000
Defendant Grabbed Victim at a Bus Stop;
DNA Later Tied Him to the Crime
WASHINGTON – Randy Newsome, 43, of no fixed address, was sentenced today to 17 years in prison for sexually assaulting a teenaged girl on November 11, 2000, as she waited for a bus to take her home from school, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Newsome pled guilty in November 2012 to one count of first-degree child sexual abuse. He was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas J. Motley in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Following his prison term, Newsome will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life
At the plea hearing in November 2012, Newsome admitted that on Nov. 11, 2000, at about 7 p.m., he approached a 15-year-old girl as she waited at a bus stop at Randle Place and Alabama Avenue SE. Newsome grabbed the girl from behind, dragged her to another location, and pushed her down behind a dumpster, where he sexually assaulted her.
The victim was taken to Children’s National Medical Center, where a sexual assault examination was conducted. Swabs taken from the victim during the examination, and the clothing she was wearing during the assault, were sent to the FBI laboratory for DNA testing. The FBI Laboratory placed the male DNA profile found on the victim’s undergarment into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), a web of state and national databases containing DNA profiles from convicted offenders and crime scenes that is used as an investigative tool.
The defendant was identified as a suspect through a CODIS search and DNA match. Newsome’s DNA profile had been loaded into the CODIS database following his 2008 conviction on a charge of assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse. A warrant was issued for Newsome’s arrest in March 2011.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the efforts of the Metropolitan Police Department, especially the detective who led the investigation of the case. He also praised the work of the FBI Forensic Examiner, and DNA Analysts Julie Ferragut and Brianne Floryan from Bode Technology. U.S. Attorney Machen also expressed appreciation for the work of Senior Inspector Floriano Whitwell of the U.S. Marshals Service. Finally, he commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Heide L. Herrmann, who investigated and prosecuted the case.