FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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District Woman Pleads Guilty to Charges
In Sexual Assault of Girl on a Metrobus
-Defendant Later Threatened 14-Year-Old Victim-
WASHINGTON - Pamela Taylor, 23, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to a felony charge stemming from a sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl on a Metrobus in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. announced.
Taylor pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to one count each of second-degree child sexual abuse and threats, in an Alford plea. Under such a plea, the defendant does not admit the allegations but agrees that the government has enough evidence to secure a conviction. Taylor is to be sentenced on March 26, 2013 by the Honorable Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. She faces a statutory maximum of 10 ½ years in prison.
According to the government’s evidence, on the morning of Dec. 10, 2011, Taylor first encountered the victim on a Metro train at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station. Taylor approached the girl on the train and mentioned members of the victim’s family, leading the girl to believe that Taylor knew the family. At one point, Taylor tricked the girl into providing her cellphone number. At the Anacostia Metro station, Taylor followed the victim onto a Metrobus. During the bus ride, Taylor sat next to the girl and touched the girl inappropriately. The girl had to force her way past Taylor to get off the bus. The following day, Taylor called the teenager, threatening to assault her if she stepped outside of her home.
In announcing today’s plea, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the Metro Transit Police Department, which investigated the case. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Jason Manuel and Victim Advocate Melissa Milam. Finally, he commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter V. Taylor, who investigated and prosecuted this case.13-021