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Friday, July 14, 2017

District Man Sentenced to 9 1/2-Year Prison Term For Sexually Assaulting 12-Year-Old Boy

            WASHINGTON – A 37-year-old man was sentenced today to a 9½-year prison term for sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced.


            The man, of Washington, D.C., is not identified here to protect the privacy of the victim. He pled guilty in May 2017, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to first-degree child sexual abuse. The plea, which was subject to the Court’s approval, called for a 9½-year prison term. The Honorable Zoe Bush accepted the plea today and sentenced the defendant accordingly. Upon completion of his prison term, the man will be placed on five years of supervised release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender for a period of 10 years.


            According to the government’s evidence, between late Sept. 30, 2016 and early Oct. 1, 2016, the defendant anally raped his son’s 12-year-old friend, who was at their residence in Southeast Washington for a sleepover. The victim disclosed the assault and an investigation led to the man’s arrest.


            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). He also expressed appreciation for the work of the Children’s Advocacy Center, Children’s National Medical Center, and the District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences. Finally, he acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocate Lezlie Richardson, Forensic Interviewer Tracy Owusu, Paralegal Specialist D’Yvonne Key, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elana Suttenberg and Marisa West, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

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Updated July 14, 2017