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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 13, 2015

District Man Pleads Guilty To Sexually Abusing Two Children-Defendant Had Prior Conviction For Similar Conduct-

     WASHINGTON – James Izlar, 37, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to charges stemming from the sexual abuse of two girls at a residence where they were staying in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Izlar pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to two counts of second-degree child sexual abuse. The plea, which is contingent upon the Court’s approval, calls for a prison sentence between 9 ½ and 12 years, to be followed by a term of supervised release. The Honorable Jennifer Anderson scheduled sentencing for April 24, 2015.

     According to the government’s evidence, Izlar was on supervised release for a previous child sexual abuse conviction involving a 2005 attack on a 13-year-old girl. In June 2013, he removed his GPS tracking device and began living in a house where the two girls, 6 and 9, were temporarily residing. The people in the house did not know that Izlar was a convicted sex offender. Soon thereafter, Izlar began inappropriately touching the girls, who reported the abuse to a family member. Police were notified, leading to Izlar’s arrest.

     In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the detectives of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth Investigations Division. He also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including former Victim/Witness Advocate Melissa Milam; Child Forensic Interview Specialists Karen Giannakoulias and Tracy Owusu, and Paralegal Specialist Joyce Arthur. Finally, he expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney John L. Hill, who is prosecuting the case.

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Updated February 19, 2015