FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 1, 2013
For Information Contact:
District Man Pleads Guilty in Sexual Assault
Against Woman in Southeast Washington
-Defendant Told the Victim: “You Will Always Be Mine”-
WASHINGTON – A 41-year-old man pled guilty today to a charge stemming from a recent sexual assault against a woman with whom he had a child, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
The defendant, of Washington, D.C., is not identified here to protect the privacy of the victim and her family. He pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to one count of attempted first-degree sexual abuse. The Honorable Ronna L. Beck scheduled sentencing for May 10, 2013.
According to the government’s evidence, the defendant and the victim once had a romantic relationship and she is the mother of his teenage child. On or about Jan. 10, 2013, he learned that the victim was involved in a romantic relationship with another man, which upset him. That day, he spoke to the victim on the telephone, demanding sex. When she rejected his advances, he showed up at her house in Southeast Washington, sent their child to the store to buy food, and propositioned her again. When the victim rejected his advances and told him that she was seeing someone, the defendant forced her to the bed and sexually assaulted her. During the assault, the defendant told the victim, among other things, that, “you will always be mine.”
In announcing the guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the officers and detectives of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit, who investigated the case. He also expressed appreciation to Paralegal Specialists D’Yvonne Key and Kristy Penny, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mervin A. Bourne, Jr., who investigated and prosecuted the case.