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Friday, September 12, 2014

Maryland Man Sentenced To 13-Year Prison Term For Sexually Abusing Three-Year-Old GirlDefendant Was Working As Contractor At Child’s Home

     WASHINGTON - Juan Flores, 37, of Hyattsville, Md., was sentenced today to a 13-year prison term for sexually abusing a three-year-old girl earlier this year, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Flores pled guilty in June 2014, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to a charge of first-degree child sexual abuse. He was sentenced by the Honorable Russell F. Canan. After his prison term, Flores will be placed on five years of supervised release. He also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He also is subject to deportation proceedings.

     According to the government’s evidence, on May 2, 2014, Flores was a contractor who was working on a private home in Northwest Washington. Near the end of the work day, he entered the home to retrieve a power cord that had been plugged inside.  The victim was at home with her infant sibling and caregiver. The caregiver was upstairs tending to the infant. Flores approached the victim and sexually assaulted her.  He then got the power cord and left the house.

     The child later disclosed the sexual assault to her mother.  The victim’s mother called the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and officers and detectives were dispatched. 

     An MPD detective assigned to the Youth Investigations Division subsequently interviewed all of the contractors who had worked at the house that day.  All of the other workers stated that only the defendant went into the house all day.  The detective then interviewed Flores, who stated that he went into the house to retrieve the power cord.  Flores admitted that he saw the child near him, and then confessed to sexually assaulting her.  He said that he stopped the assault because his conscience was killing him and he knew that what he was doing was wrong. 

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended detectives from the MPD’s Youth investigations Division and Mobile Crime Division.  He also praised those who handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocate Tracey Hawkins, Paralegal Specialist Jason Manuel, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Zubrensky, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

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Updated February 19, 2015