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District Man Sentenced to One-Year Prison Term
For Sex Offense, Attempted Robbery
- Defendant Accosted 11-Year-Old Girl at a School in One of the Crimes -

     WASHINGTON - Davon Rashad Wood, 21, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 366 days of incarceration on charges stemming from two crimes, including a sex offense that took place at a District of Columbia school, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

      Wood pled guilty in January 2012 to attempted robbery in one case, and he pled guilty in March 2012 to a charge of attempted second-degree child sexual abuse in the other matter.

     He was sentenced by the Honorable Heidi M. Pasichow, of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Upon his release, Wood will be placed on 18 months of probation. During that time, he will be supervised by the Sex Offender Unit of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency. He will be required to register as a sex offender for a period of 10 years.

      At the first plea hearing, Wood admitted that on the afternoon of Dec. 7, 2011, at the Congress Heights Metro Station in Southeast Washington, he approached a man who appeared to be sleeping on the platform, took $20 from the man’s pocket, and then walked away. The man he targeted was actually an undercover Metro Transit Police officer, and Wood was arrested shortly after he was seen stealing the money.

      Wood committed the second offense just four days after pleading guilty in his robbery case.

      As he admitted during the second plea hearing, during the late afternoon of Feb. 1, 2012, Wood entered Ketcham Elementary School in Southeast Washington and told a teacher’s aide that he was looking for a child. At the same time, an 11-year-old girl was walking through the hallway on her way to a restroom. The teacher’s aide asked the girl to escort Wood to the second floor to find the child he was seeking. Shortly after the two emerged from the stairwell, Wood put his arms around the victim, hugging her from behind. Then, as she stepped forward and tried to escape Wood’s embrace, Wood reached down and touched her on her buttocks.

      For the offense of attempted robbery, Judge Pasichow gave Wood a suspended sentence of six months of incarceration, and placed him on 18 months of supervised probation. For the offense of attempted second-degree child sexual abuse, Judge Pasichow sentenced Wood to 24 months of incarceration, suspending half of the sentence, leaving him with 366 days to serve.

      In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the Metropolitan Police Department and Metro Transit Police. He also acknowledged the outstanding work of the Children’s Advocacy Center, which provided critical services to the 11-year-old victim. Lastly, he commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Mervin A. Bourne, Jr., who investigated and prosecuted the robbery case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Heide L. Herrmann, who investigated and prosecuted the sexual assault case.





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