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Friday, May 25, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to 82 Years in Prison
For Sexually Abusing Two Young Girls
- One Victim Was a Relative, Other Was in a Day Care Program -
WASHINGTON - A 43-year-old man was sentenced today to 82 years in prison for sexually abusing two young girls in the District of Columbia, including one who is a relative, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
The defendant, of Washington, D.C., is not identified here to protect the privacy of his victims. He was found guilty in January 2012 in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia of three counts of first degree child sexual abuse with aggravating circumstances and three counts of second degree child sexual abuse with aggravating circumstances. The Honorable William M. Jackson sentenced him today. The defendant also must register for life as a sex offender.
According to the government’s evidence, the defendant repeatedly sexually abused the relative over a period of one and a half years, starting in September 2002, when the victim was nine years old. The victim came forward in 2009, after learning that the defendant had sexually assaulted another girl - this one, four years old, while he was at his girlfriend’s in-home daycare. Most of the crimes took place in Northeast Washington.
The defendant has been in custody since his arrest in September 2009.
“This defendant was convicted because of the courage of two girls who came forward after he sexually molested them -- one was only four years old at the time," said U.S. Attorney Machen. "The sentence holds him accountable for those depraved actions and demonstrates our resolve to bring sexual predators to justice."
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen expressed his appreciation to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). He also commended the work of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Legal Assistants Tanisha Nelson and Charmonique Price; Paralegal Specialists Kristy Penny and Donhue Griffith; Victim Advocate Veronica Vaughan; Forensic Child Interviewer Karen Giannakoulias, and the Litigation Support Unit, including Tracy Van Atta. He acknowledged the outstanding work of the Children’s Advocacy Center, which provided critical services and treatment to the child victims. U.S. Attorney Machen also praised Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karen Shinskie and Kimberly Nielsen, who indicted the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lindsay Suttenberg and Lauren Dickie, who prosecuted the case.