FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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District Woman Sentenced to 54 Months
In Sexual Assault of Girl on a Metrobus
-Defendant Later Threatened 14-Year-Old Victim-
WASHINGTON - Pamela Taylor, 24, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 48 months on the felony 2nd degree child sexual abuse count and a consecutive 180 days on the misdemeanor threats count 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 January 2013 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. She was sentenced by the Honorable Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. Other conditions include supervised release for 3 years, she must register as a sex offender for 10 years and while in prison, receive substance and mental health counseling.
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 the sentence, 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 Lezlie Richardson. Finally, he commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter V. Taylor, who investigated and prosecuted this case.