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Friday, November 22, 2013
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District Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison
For Sexually Assaulting 8-Year-Old Girl
-Victim Immediately Came Forward-
WASHINGTON – A 38-year-old man from Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to eight years in prison on a charge that stemmed from his sexual abuse of an eight-year-old girl at whose home he was staying temporarily, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
The defendant, who is not identified here to protect the privacy of the victim and her family, pled guilty in July 2013 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to one count of second-degree child sexual abuse. He was sentenced by the Honorable John Ramsey Johnson. In addition to the prison term, the defendant will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He already was a convicted sex offender, having been previously convicted of the misdemeanor sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl in 2001.
According to the government’s evidence, the defendant was a trusted family friend, who frequently stayed overnight in the victim’s home in Southeast Washington. On June 20, 2013, while the girl’s mother was asleep in another room, he was alone with the victim, and used the opportunity to sexually assault her. The victim immediately ran to her mother and disclosed the abuse.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth Investigations Division. He also acknowledged the work of the Children’s Advocacy Center and the Children’s National Medical Center, which provided critical services to the victim. In addition, he praised the efforts of those who handled the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Child Forensic Interview Specialist Karen Giannakoulias and Victim/Witness Advocate Melissa Milam. Finally, he acknowledged the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Heide L. Herrmann, who prosecuted the matter.