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Maryland Man Sentenced to 12 Months in Prison
For Sexually Assaulting 13-Year-Old Acquaintance

     WASHINGTON - Duane Hill, 26, formerly of Clinton, Md., was sentenced today to 48 months in prison, with all but 12 months suspended, on a charge stemming from a sexual attack last summer against a 13-year-old girl, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Hill pled guilty in August 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to one count of second-degree child sexual abuse. He was sentenced by the Honorable Ronna L. Beck. Upon completion of his prison term, Hill will be placed on five years of supervised release, including two years of probation that will be under the supervision of the Sex Offender Unit of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA). He also must register as a sex offender for 10 years upon his release from incarceration.

     According to the government’s factual proffer at the plea hearing, in the early morning hours of July 1, 2012, Hill and the victim were staying overnight in an apartment in Southeast Washington. Both were there because they had relatives who lived in the residence. During the night, Hill sexually assaulted the victim, who reported the attack shortly afterward to an adult relative of hers who lived in the apartment. The relative immediately called the police. 

     Police interviewed Hill about the allegations. After initially denying that anything had occurred, he admitted what had taken place.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the detectives and officers who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), especially members of MPD’s Youth Investigations Division. He also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Jason Manuel, Victim Advocate Veronica Vaughan and members of MPD’s Youth Investigations Division.  Finally, U.S. Attorney Machen commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter V. Taylor, who investigated and prosecuted this case. 





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