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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 5, 2014

District Man Sentenced To 28-Month Prison Term For Sexually Assaulting Teenage Relative-Defendant Snuck Into Child’s Bedroom As She Slept Next To Her Sister-

     WASHINGTON – A Washington, D.C. man, was sentenced today to a 28-month prison term for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old relative last year at the child’s home in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     The defendant, who is not identified here to protect the victim’s identity, pled guilty in February 2014, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to a charge of attempted second-degree child sexual abuse. He was sentenced by the Honorable Rhonda Reid Winston. Upon completion of his prison term, the defendant will be placed on three years of supervised release. He also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

     According to the government’s evidence, on March 23, 2013, at about 1 a.m., the 13-year-old victim was asleep in her bedroom next to her sister.  The defendant, who was visiting the residence, snuck up the stairs and into the child’s bedroom, where he molested the victim in her bed.  After the victim reported the incident to her mother, a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) investigation began, leading to the defendant’s arrest on Oct. 29, 2013. 

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work performed by those who investigated the case from MPD’s Youth Division.  He also praised those who handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist D’Yvonne Key; Victim/Witness Advocate Veronica Vaughan; and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Danny Nguyen and Mervin A. Bourne, Jr., who investigated and prosecuted the matter.

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Updated February 19, 2015