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A sexual assault defendant, Jose Martinez-Bonilla, who originally faced a first-degree child sexual abuse charge decided to plead guilty to second-degree child sexual abuse.
The incident occurred between June 16 and 17, 2019, on the 1400 block of Irving Street, NW when the defendant attended a party at the victim’s aunt’s apartment. The defendant, then 32 years old, stayed after the party once all the guests had left. Martinez-Bonilla snuck into the bed where the victim was sleeping, removed her clothing, and touched her breasts and vagina.
According to court documents, the victim screamed for help for her aunt and father in the other room, but the defendant had told her to be quiet. The defendant then fled the apartment. The victim was a 15-year-old minor at the time.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) arrived shortly after the assault and discovered the defendant was still at the apartment complex. The victim identified Martinez-Bonilla as the perpetrator.
DC Superior Court Judge Michael O’Keefe presided over the hearing and accepted the plea agreement.
Martinez-Bonilla is currently out on release through a high-intensity supervision program and GPS monitoring. His sentencing was scheduled for June 2.