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Friday, October 5, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to Six Years in Prison
For Sexually Assaulting His Best Friend While High on PCP
- Attack Took Place in 2011 in Northwest Washington -
WASHINGTON - A 36-year-old man was sentenced today to a six-year prison term on a felony charge stemming from the sexual assault of a woman who had been his longtime friend, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.
The defendant, of Washington, D.C., is not identified here to protect the privacy of his victim. He and the victim had been best friends for nearly 19 years at the time of the assault, and they viewed themselves as siblings, holding themselves out to others as brother and sister.
The defendant pled guilty in July 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to a charge of attempted first-degree sexual assault. He was sentenced by the Honorable Robert E. Morin. Upon completion of his prison term, the defendant will be placed on three years of supervised release. He also is required to undergo therapy for sex offenders and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
According to the government’s evidence, the defendant, his then-girlfriend, and their children were evicted from their home, and the victim said that they could all live with her in Northwest Washington until they found new housing. On the afternoon of the incident, April 30, 2011, the defendant smoked PCP while his girlfriend and their children were at the grocery store, and while the victim was cleaning her apartment. He then told the victim that a “sex demon” was inside of him and wanted to have sex with her. He grabbed her by the hair, hard enough to pull some of it out, pulled her to the floor, and sexually assaulted her. The attack stopped only when the defendant’s girlfriend returned from the store and knocked on the victim’s door.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen acknowledged the work of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit and the medical professionals of the D.C. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program at the Washington Hospital Center. He also thanked Paralegals Lynita “Nikki” Green, Kristy Penny and Jason Manuel; Legal Assistants Tanisha “Nikki” Nelson, Charmonique Price, Ashley Patterson and Nicole Lee, and Victim Advocate Veronica Vaughn. Finally, U.S. Attorney Machen commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sharon Donovan and Ari Redbord, who investigated, indicted and prosecuted the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter V. Taylor, who prosecuted this case.