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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 6, 2015

District Man Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison For Sexually Assaulting Three Step-Grandchildren

            WASHINGTON – A 51-year-old man from Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to a 13-year prison term on charges stemming from sexual assaults he committed against three step-grandchildren, Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. announced today.

            The defendant, who is not identified here to protect the privacy of the victim, pled guilty in May 2015, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to one count of first-degree child sex abuse and two counts of attempted first-degree child sex abuse. He was sentenced on July 1, 2015, by the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz. After his prison term, the defendant will be placed on lifetime supervised release. He also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

            According to the government’s evidence, the defendant hosted his former wife's three grandchildren at his apartment in Northeast Washington in the summer of 2012. During the visit, the grandsons – then 4, 6 and 10 years old - were sexually assaulted by the defendant.

            In announcing the sentence, Acting U.S. Attorney Cohen praised the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth Division. He also expressed appreciation for the work of the child abuse experts at the Child and Adolescent Protection Center at Children’s National Medical Center, as well as the Children’s Advocacy Center, which conducted the child forensic interview and provided other critical services to the victim. He acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Child Forensic Interview Specialists Tracy Owusu and Karen Giannakoulias; Paralegal Specialist Tiffany Jones, Victim/Witness Advocates Veronica Vaughan and Tracey Hawkins, the Child Waiting Room staff of the Victim/Witness Assistance Unit, and Legal Intern Lauren Eastman. Finally, he commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenya K. Davis, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Press Release Number: 
15-130
Updated July 7, 2015