FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 13, 2013
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District Man Sentenced to 28 Months in Prison
For Sexual Abuse of Child
-Five-Year-Old Victim, a Relative, Aided Early Investigation-
WASHINGTON – A 21-year-old man, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 28 months in prison on charges stemming from a sexual assault against a five-year-old relative, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
The defendant, who is not identified here to protect the privacy of the victim, pled guilty in August 2013, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to one count each of attempted second-degree child sexual abuse and violating the Bail Reform Act. The Honorable Robert E. Morin sentenced him. Upon completion of his prison term, the defendant will be placed on three years of supervised release. He also must register as a sex offender for 10 years.
According to the government’s evidence, on May 9, 2013, at approximately 8:50 p.m., the defendant was at the home of a relative in Northeast Washington. During this time, the child and her mother were living temporarily with the same relative and were also in the apartment. The child’s mother, who had momentarily left the home, returned to find the defendant under a blanket with her daughter. The child made an immediate report regarding sexual acts the defendant engaged in with her while her mother was gone.
While this case was pending, the court released the defendant, placing him in the high-intensity supervision program on June 14, 2013. After the June court date, the defendant removed his GPS device, and he did not appear in court as scheduled for a hearing on July 15, 2013. He was re-arrested on a bench warrant on July 26, 2013.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the detectives of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Youth Division who were involved in the arrest and investigation of this case. He also expressed his appreciation to Paralegal Specialist D’Yvonne Key, Victim/Witness Advocate Tracey Hawkins, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mervin A. Bourne, Jr., who investigated and prosecuted the case.13-420