Judge Finds Probable Cause in Child Sex Abuse Case

DC Superior Court Judge Rainey Brandt found probable cause July 26 in a child sex abuse case. 

 A 30-year-old defendant is charged with two counts of first-degree child sex abuse for incidents that occurred in 2014 and 2015. The defendant was 22 years old at the time and the victim was 8 years old. 

The events were reported to the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Youth and Family Services Division in October 2020. The defendant was arrested on June 17 and immediately released with 24-hour GPS monitoring. 

“You have probable cause, but barely,” Judge Brandt said to the prosecution.

The investigation lasted two years and the incidents happened seven years before the arrest, according to court documents. 

Judge Brandt modified the release conditions, removing the GPS monitor requirement.

A status hearing was scheduled for Dec. 9, so parties could determine how to proceed.