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District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 17, 2018

District Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison For Repeatedly Sexually Assaulting Female Cousin

Victim Was Only 9 Years Old When Sexual Abuse Began

            WASHINGTON – A 24-year-old man from Washington, D.C. was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for engaging in sexual acts in his home with a cousin who was 9 and 10 years old at the time, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu. 

            The defendant, who is not identified here to protect the privacy of the victim, pled guilty in April 2018, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to two counts of second-degree child sexual abuse.  He was sentenced by the Honorable Danya A. Dayson. Once released from prison, the defendant will be placed on three years of probation. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years. 

            According to the government’s evidence, between Sept. 1, 2016 and Oct, 31, 2017, the defendant engaged in sexual acts with the young girl at his residence in Southeast Washington. He was arrested on Feb. 13, 2018, and has been in custody ever since.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu praised detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth Division; as well as employees of the girl’s school, who upon learning of the sexual abuse, immediately notified the police.  She also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Brenda C. Williams and Victim/Witness Advocate Juanita Harris.  Finally, U.S. Attorney Liu commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter V. Taylor, who investigated and prosecuted this case. 

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
18-223
Updated August 17, 2018