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Friday, June 19, 2015

District Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison For Sexually Assaulting 17-Year-Old Victim In Broad Daylight Attack in Northwast Washington

Prison Term in Addition to 21-Year Sentence That Defendant Already is Serving for Several Other Attacks

            WASHINGTON - Gerald Canty, 24, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a 10-year prison term, to be served after he completes a 21-year term he already is serving, for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old woman in a mid-morning attack that took place in December 2013 in Northeast Washington, Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. announced.

            Canty pled guilty in April 2015, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to one count of attempted first-degree sexual abuse. The plea, which was contingent upon the Court’s approval, called for the 10-year prison sentence to be served consecutively to a 21-year prison term Canty already is serving. The Honorable Lynn Leibovitz accepted the plea today.

            In the other case, Canty earlier pled guilty in May 2014 to sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman and attempting to kidnap three additional young women in a series of other incidents that took place between February and March of 2014, near the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station. In those matters, he pled guilty to one count of first-degree sexual abuse, one count of attempted kidnapping while armed, and two counts of attempted kidnapping. He was sentenced in July 2014 by the Honorable Jennifer Anderson to 21 years in prison.

            Following his prison terms, Canty will be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life. He also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

            Today’s sentence involved an attack that took place on Dec. 17, 2013. According to the government=s evidence, at approximately 9:20 a.m. that day, the 17-year-old victim was walking alone in the 4600 block of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE. Canty approached her, brandished an object that she believed was a gun, and said, “Hey! Don’t move.” He demanded the victim’s property, reached his hand into her pocket and removed $3. Canty then told the victim to follow him, and walked her under a footbridge a short distance away. Under the footbridge, Canty demanded that the young woman perform a sexual act on him. She initially refused, but ultimately submitted to the defendant’s demand.

            After the assault, the victim made an immediate report to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Officers and detectives with MPD’s Sixth District, Youth Investigations Division, and Mobile Crime Division, responded immediately. The victim was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where she received a Sexual Assault Nurse Examination. DNA later linked Canty to the attack.

            In announcing the sentence, Acting U.S. Attorney Cohen commended the work of the Metropolitan Police Department, including officers and detectives from the Youth Division and the Sixth District, as well as mobile crime scene officers and technicians. He also expressed appreciation for the work of MPD’s Sexual Assault Unit and the Sixth District, which investigated the crimes that led to Canty’s earlier plea. He acknowledged the work of the District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences. Finally, he praised the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Jason Manuel and Erica Vample; Victim/Witness Advocate Tracey Hawkins, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy H. Zubrensky, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Press Release Number: 
15-122
Updated June 19, 2015