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Friday, May 11, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to 15-Year Prison Term
For Sexually Abusing 10-Year-Old Girl
WASHINGTON - Matthew Jones Nelson, 37, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 15 years in prison after earlier pleading guilty to first-degree child sexual abuse for engaging in a sexual act with a 10-year-old girl, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Nelson pled guilty in January 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and was sentenced this morning by the Honorable Ronna L. Beck. Upon completion of his prison term, Nelson will be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life. In addition, he must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
According to the government’s evidence, between on or about April 1, 2011 and June 30, 2011, Nelson, who goes by the nickname “Daquan,” and his then-girlfriend lured the child, a relative of the girlfriend, to the defendant’s residence in Southeast Washington. Nelson brought the child into the bedroom, where he performed sexual acts on her. He also engaged in sexual relations with his girlfriend while the child was watching in the bed.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the Metropolitan Police Department, as well as child forensic interviewer Karen Giannakoulias. He also praised those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Criminal Investigator John Marsh; Paralegal Tiffany Jones; Legal Assistant Nicole Lee, and Victim/Witness Advocates Melissa Milam and Tracey Hawkins. U.S. Attorney Machen also acknowledged the outstanding work of the Child and Adolescent Protection Center of Children’s National Medical Center, and the Children’s Advocacy Center, which provided critical services and treatment to the victim.
Finally, he commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Ari Redbord, who investigated and prosecuted the case.