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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 18, 2016

District Man Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison For Sexual Abuse of 13-Year-Old Daughter

Defendant Was Arrested by U.S. Marshals Service in New York City

            WASHINGTON – A 34-year-old man from Washington, D.C. was sentenced today to 22 years in prison on a charge of first-degree child sexual abuse with aggravating circumstances for sexually abusing his 13-year-old daughter, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced.

            The defendant, who is not identified here to protect the privacy of the victim, pled guilty in November 2015 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The plea, which was contingent upon the Court’s approval, called for a prison sentence between 9 ½ and 23 years. The Honorable Jennifer Anderson accepted the plea today and sentenced the defendant accordingly. Following completion of his prison term, the man will be placed on 10 years of supervised release. He also must register as a sex offender for 10 years upon his release.

            According to the government’s evidence, the abuse occurred between July 19 and July 27, 2014 in Southeast Washington. The defendant, who is the victim’s father, was watching television with her in the defendant’s room. The defendant removed the victim’s pants and underwear, and sexually assaulted her. Afterwards, he apologized to the victim, promising that he wouldn’t sexually abuse her again.

            The defendant, who left the Washington, D.C. area, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in New York City on Sept. 10, 2015. He admitted having had sex with the victim. He also wrote the victim an apology letter, asking her to forgive him.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of the detectives of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth Investigations Division and of the Deputy U.S. Marshals based in New York. He also commended the efforts of staff from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Child Forensic Interview Specialists Tracy Owusu and Karen Giannakoulias; Victim/Witness Advocate Lezlie Richardson; Paralegal Specialist Joyce Arthur, and Assistant U.S. Attorney John L. Hill, who prosecuted the case.

Press Release Number: 
16-043
Updated March 18, 2016