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Friday, October 5, 2012
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Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to Life in Prison
For Sexually Assaulting Three Children
- Victims Included Two Stepdaughters –
WASHINGTON - A 37-year-old man was sentenced today to life in prison following his conviction on multiple charges for sexually assaulting three girls, including two of his stepdaughters, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
The defendant, of Washington, D.C., is not identified here to protect the privacy of the victims. He was found guilty by a jury in July 2012 of multiple counts first-degree and second-degree child sexual abuse with aggravating circumstances. The verdicts followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The defendant is a convicted sex offender for his sexual assaults against a 10-year-old girl and another 12-year-old girl in 1998.
The Honorable William M. Jackson sentenced the man today, declaring: “It is my full intention to make sure you do not hurt another little girl.” In addition to the prison term, the judge ordered the man to pay $6,500 to a fund for crime victims.
According to the government’s evidence at trial, the defendant began sexually assaulting his stepdaughters when they were nine years old. He continued to abuse the victims for approximately five years each. The abuse occurred at several different homes and after each child had disclosed the abuse to family members. The evidence also revealed that the defendant sexually abused his son’s girlfriend when that child was 13 years old. The stepdaughters ultimately made a full disclosure to the police, and the D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center, in 2010 after their grandmothers convinced their mother to notify the police.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the efforts of the detectives of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth Investigations Division. He also recognized the outstanding work of the D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center, which provided critical services to the victims.
U.S. Attorney Machen also acknowledged the efforts of those who assisted with the investigation and prosecution at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim Advocate Melissa Milam, Victim/Witness Services Coordinator LaJune Thames, Lead Criminal Investigator Tommy Miller and Criminal Investigator Mark Crawford, Intelligence Analysts Sharon Johnson and William Hamann, Litigation Technology Specialists Kimberly Smith and Ron Royal, Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section Lead Paralegal Kristy Penny and Paralegal Joyce Arthur, Legal Assistants Charmonique Price and Ashley Patterson, and former legal interns Amy Omens and Lindsay Roberts. Finally, he thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Marcus-Kurn, who investigated the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mervin A. Bourne, Jr. who prosecuted the case along with Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcus-Kurn.12-347