Judge Finds Sex Abuse Defendant Competent to Stand Trial

During a June 21 hearing, DC Superior Court Judge Rainey Brandt found a sex abuse defendant competent to stand trial. 

On Feb. 12, 2020, the defendant was indicted on one count of kidnapping while armed, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of first-degree sex abuse while armed in relation to an armed sexual assault incident on the 1000 block of First Street, NE on Sept. 23, 2012. 

The defendant has been held at St. Elizabeths Hospital, DC’s psychiatric institution, amid ongoing mental observation hearings. 

After Judge Brandt found the defendant competent to stand trial, he was arraigned on all charges.

Defense attorney Andrew Ain pleaded not guilty on behalf of the defendant. 

After the arraignment, Judge Brandt admonished the defendant for persistently calling her chambers and writing letters to the courthouse and the prosecution about his case.

“You are trying to manipulate all of us,” Judge Brandt said. 

The next hearing is scheduled for July 7.