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Friday, February 14, 2014

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District Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Teenage Relative
-Defendant Snuck Into Child’s Bedroom As She Slept Next to Her Sister-

     WASHINGTON – A Washington, D.C. man, 54, pled guilty today to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old relative last year at the child’s home in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     The defendant, who is not identified here to protect the victim’s identity, pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to a charge of attempted second-degree child sexual abuse. He is to be sentenced May 5, 2014 by the Honorable Rhonda Reid Winston. The defendant faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.  In addition to prison time, the defendant will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

     According to the government’s evidence, on March 23, 2013, at about 1 a.m., the 13-year-old victim was asleep in her bedroom next to her sister.  The defendant, who was visiting the residence, snuck up the stairs and into the child’s bedroom, where he molested the victim in her bed.  After the victim reported the incident to her mother, a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) investigation began, leading to the defendant’s arrest on Oct. 29, 2013. 

     In announcing the guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work performed by those who investigated the case from MPD’s Youth Division.  He also praised those who handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist D’Yvonne Key and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Danny Nguyen and Mervin A. Bourne, Jr., who investigated and prosecuted the matter.

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