FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
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District Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Attempted Sexual Assault
Of 18-Year-Old Relative
- Attack Took Place at Teenager’s Home -
WASHINGTON - A 36-year-old man from Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to a felony charge for attempting to rape a female relative and displaying a knife during the attack at her home in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
The defendant, who is not named here to protect the privacy of the victim, pled guilty on May 4, 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to a charge of attempted first-degree sexual abuse while armed, with aggravating circumstances. He is to be sentenced July 20, 2012 by the Honorable Thomas J. Motley. The defendant faces up to 45 years in prison. He also is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
During the plea hearing, the defendant admitted to going into the 18-year-old relative’s room on the evening of March 12, 2012, while she was doing her homework. He pointed a large kitchen knife at her and ordered her to take off her clothes. He also attempted to pull down her pants, but she successfully fought him off. She ran outside the house and called another family member who, in turn, called the police.
On August 12, 2004, the defendant pled guilty to simple assault for sexually touching the same victim when she was ten years of age.
In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Machen praised those who worked on the case from the Metropolitan Police Department, including Third District Patrol Officers Armeshia Hogue, Kevin Sullivan, Rodney Fitts, and Angelique Core, who responded to the scene, addressed the victim’s security and emotional needs, and secured the premises until the detective arrived. He also praised lead Sexual Assault Unit Detective William Weeks. U.S. Attorney Machen also commended the efforts of those who handled the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocate Melissa Milam, Paralegal Joyce Arthur and Legal Assistants Ashley Patterson and Charmonique Price. Finally, he expressed appreciation to Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Marcus-Kurn who investigated and prosecuted the case.