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District Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Adult Relative

     WASHINGTON - A 20-year-old man pled guilty today to sexually assaulting an adult relative while she slept at a home in Southwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     The defendant, of Washington, D.C., is not named here to protect the privacy of the victim. He pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to attempted second-degree sexual abuse, a felony. He is scheduled to be sentenced by the Honorable Russell F. Canan on Nov. 22, 2013. 

     According to the government’s factual proffer at today’s plea hearing, at about 5 a.m. on Aug. 6, 2013, the defendant slipped into the victim’s bed while she slept. He then attempted to engage in a sexual act with her. The pain caused by the act caused the victim to wake up.  She immediately reported the matter to other family members. The defendant’s mother ordered him to apologize for what he’d done, and the man did so.

     In announcing today’s plea, U.S. Attorney Machen acknowledged the excellent work of officers from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit.  He also thanked those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Jason Manuel and Victim/Witness Advocate Elsa Resendiz.  Finally, he commended the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter V. Taylor, who is prosecuting this case.





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