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District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 12, 2018

District Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Teenage Daughter

Victim Became Pregnant as a Result of the Abuse

            WASHINGTON – A 39-year-old man, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to sexually abusing his teenage daughter, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced.

            The man, who is not identified here to protect the privacy of the victim, pled guilty on Oct. 11, 2018, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to a charge of first-degree child sexual abuse with aggravating circumstances. The plea, which is contingent upon the Court’s approval, calls for an agreed-upon 17-year prison term. Following his prison term, the man will be required to register for 10 years as a sex offender and also complete a term of supervised release. The Honorable Milton C. Lee scheduled sentencing for Jan. 18, 2019.

            According to the government’s evidence, in October 2017, the man sexually abused the girl at the family’s residence in Northwest Washington. After that time, he sexually abused her on two additional occasions. The victim later said that she never told anyone because she did not want to be the cause of the family breaking up. However, she became pregnant and gave birth to the defendant’s child. Once she learned that she was pregnant, the girl disclosed the abuse. The man was arrested in August 2018 and has been in custody ever since.

            In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Division. (MPD). She also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the U.S. Marshals Service, the District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences, and the Children’s Advocacy Center. Finally, she acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocate Juanita Harris, Paralegal Specialist Brenda Williams, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Elana Suttenberg, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

 

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
18-278
Updated October 12, 2018