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Thursday, June 18, 2015

District Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison For Sexually Abusing Two Children

Defendant Had Prior Conviction for Similar Conduct

            WASHINGTON – James Izlar, 37, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 12 years in prison on charges stemming from the sexual abuse of two girls at a residence where they were staying in Southeast Washington, Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. announced.

            Izlar pled guilty in February 2015, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to two counts of second-degree child sexual abuse. The plea, which was contingent upon the Court’s approval, called for a prison sentence between 9 ½ and 12 years. The Honorable Jennifer Anderson accepted the plea today. Upon completion of his prison term, Izlar will be placed on seven years of supervised release. He also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

            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, then 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 sentence, Acting U.S. Attorney Cohen commended the work of the detectives of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth Investigations Division. He also acknowledged those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocate Veronica Vaughan; 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 prosecuted the case.

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Updated June 18, 2015