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Delaware Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing D.C. Girl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Victim, 13, and Defendant Were Visiting Same Home in Southeast Washington

            WASHINGTON – Robert Sanders III, 22, of Dover, Delaware, pled guilty today to charges stemming from his sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl, Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. announced.

            Sanders pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to one count of first-degree child sexual abuse.  He is to be sentenced by the Honorable Rhonda Reid Winston on June 23, 2015.  He faces up to a statutory maximum of life in prison.  He will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

            According to the government’s factual proffer at today’s plea hearing, during April of 2014, Sanders came to live with a relative in Southeast Washington. The victim was on spring break from school that week, and was visiting relatives in the same household.  During that week, Sanders engaged in several sexual acts with the girl.  The conduct was discovered by family members via text messages that Sanders and the victim had sent to one another.

            In announcing the plea, Acting U.S. Attorney Cohen praised the work of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth Division, which investigated the case, as well as the staff of Safe Shores, which interviewed the victim. He also expressed appreciation for the specialized medical treatment provided by the team of child abuse experts at the Freddie Mac Child and Adolescent Protection Center at the Children’s National Medical Center. In addition, Acting U.S. Attorney Cohen commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist D’Yvonne Key; Victim/Witness Advocate Veronica Vaughan, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter V. Taylor, who investigated and prosecuted this case.

Updated April 22, 2015

Press Release Number: 15-080