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Thursday, November 13, 2014

District Man Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Sexually Assaulting His WifeDefendant Shocked Spouse With Taser

     WASHINGTON – A 49-year-old man, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to two years in prison for a recent attack in which he shocked his wife with a Taser at their apartment, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     The man, who is not identified here to protect the privacy of the victim, pled guilty in September 2014 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to a charge of aggravated assault. He was sentenced by the Honorable Russell F. Canan. Upon completion of his prison term, the man will be placed on three years of supervised release. During this time, he will be supervised by the Sex Offender Unit of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

     According to the government’s evidence, on Aug. 3, 2014, the defendant became angry with his wife and began shocking her with a Taser, knocking her to her knees in the bedroom of their Southeast Washington apartment. He then pushed her onto the floor, sat on her chest and continued shocking her face and head.  When her head began swelling up, the defendant left the room to get ice and a towel.  Upon returning to the bedroom, he discovered that she was trying to crawl away.  He then went to another room, retrieved a baseball bat, and began striking her in the head.  He pulled the victim to her feet and began punching her in the face.  Finally, he ordered the victim onto her bed, where he sexually assaulted her.

     The victim suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured cheek. She pleaded with her husband to call an ambulance. Fearing that she’d report what he’d just done, he refused to do so. After the victim promised not to tell on him, he agreed to drive her to the hospital.  At the hospital, when the defendant stepped away briefly, the victim reported what he had done to her.  An officer with the Metropolitan Police Department, who was at the hospital on another matter, was notified and the defendant was arrested.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist D’Yvonne Key and Victim/Witness Advocate Veronica Vaughan. Finally, he commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter V. Taylor, who investigated and prosecuted this case. 


Updated February 19, 2015