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Friday, July 20, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to Six Years in Prison
For 2006 Sexual Assault of 17-Year-Old Girl
- Defendant Trailed Victim Into Her Apartment Building,
DNA Later Linked Him to the Crime -
WASHINGTON - Michael Davies, 32, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to six years in prison for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in 2006, a crime that was solved through DNA and other evidence, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Davies pled guilty in April 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to charges of kidnapping and attempted first-degree sexual abuse. In sentencing him, the Honorable Ann O’Regan Keary also ordered that Davies be placed on a five-year period of supervised release upon the completion of his prison term. In addition, Davies will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
During his plea, Davies admitted to following the victim at about 8:15 p.m. on April 25, 2006, as she walked back to her apartment building in Southeast Washington. The victim had gone to a nearby convenience store that night to buy some cookies and juice. Davies followed her onto an elevator, and when she got off at her floor, he pulled her into a stairwell and blocked the door. Davies then sexually assaulted the girl. In tears, the teenager raced back home and told her mother what had happened. Davies, meanwhile, had fled in an unknown direction.
The victim immediately reported the assault to police and was taken by ambulance to Children’s National Medical Center, where she was swabbed for DNA. The case remained unsolved until September 2011, when a DNA hit identified Davies as a suspect.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen expressed his appreciation of the Metropolitan Police Department. He also praised the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Donhue Griffith, Legal Assistant Etta Ford, and Victim Advocate Tracey Hawkins. Finally, he commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah McClellan, who investigated and prosecuted the case.