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Thursday, October 18, 2012
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District Man Pleads Guilty to Stalking and Obscenity Charges
Defendant Stalked Law School Dean in One Incident,
Approached 13-Year-Old Boy in Another
WASHINGTON – Michael Gasch, also known as Michael Love Peace, 69, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to one count of stalking and one count of obscenity in two unrelated cases, including one involving a 13-year-old boy, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Gasch entered the guilty pleas on Oct. 17, 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Yvonne M. Williams is to sentence him on Dec. 10, 2012. Gasch faces a possible maximum sentence of 12 months imprisonment for stalking and 180 days for obscenity. In addition, he will be required to register as a sex offender for a period of 10 years.
According to the government's evidence, between Dec. 29, 2011 and Jan. 4, 2012, Gasch engaged in stalking behavior toward a dean at the Howard University Law School. Gasch, who did not know the dean, initially approached her in the parking lot of the school to ask about employment. His stalking behavior included approaching the dean in person, sending the dean numerous e-mails, letters and documents, calling the dean, and sending multiple deliveries of flowers with inappropriate messages to the dean’s home and office. Gasch engaged in this conduct after he had been told to stop contacting the dean and after being barred from the Howard University campus.
Additionally, in an unrelated case, according to the government’s evidence, at about 9:15 a.m. on Aug. 8, 2012, Gasch, in his car, approached a 13-year-old boy who was walking home from a grocery store in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Northwest Washington. Gasch followed the child, who refused Gasch’s multiple offers to give him a ride home.
At some point, Gasch asked the child if he would like to have a DVD. When Gasch held the DVD cover out of the car window, the child saw the image of a naked male holding a basketball in front of his genitalia. The child, afraid, ran as fast as he could toward his home, with Gasch following behind in the vehicle. The boy ran inside his house and immediately told his parents.
Officers later recovered the DVD cover, which contained images of nudity and sexual conduct. Gasch has been in custody since his arrest on Aug. 8, 2012.
In announcing the guilty pleas, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the officers and detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department who investigated the cases. He also commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ari Redbord and David Reese, who are prosecuting the cases.