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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison
For Sexually Assaulting 13-Year-Old Female Relative
WASHINGTON - A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old relative at her home, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
The defendant, of Washington, D.C., is not identified here to protect the privacy of the victim. He pled guilty in February 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to one count of first-degree child sexual abuse. He was sentenced on June 8, 2012 by the Honorable Ronna L. Beck. After his prison term, he will remain under supervision for the rest of his life.
The defendant is a convicted sex offender for his sexual assault against another 13-year-old girl in 2006.
According to evidence presented at the plea hearing, the defendant went to the child’s home in Northwest Washington in the summer of 2011. After befriending the child, he caused her to engage in sexual acts with him in her bedroom. She disclosed the abuse shortly after it occurred. The defendant confessed his actions to several relatives.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the detectives and officers who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department as well as members of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia, who provided substantial assistance to the investigation. U.S. Attorney Machen also commended the work of Paralegal Joyce Arthur, Victim/Witness Advocate Tracey Hawkins, and Legal Assistants Charmonique Price and Ashley Patterson. He also thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Marcus-Kurn, who investigated and prosecuted the case.