Judge Sets Preliminary Hearing for Sexual Assault Case

A DC Superior Court judge scheduled a preliminary hearing to determine if a sex abuse case has enough evidence to go to trial.

The 53-year-old defendant is charged with assault with intent to commit third-degree sex abuse for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in June on the 3700 block of First Street, SE.

The victim told police she approached the defendant to see if he was okay because he looked like he needed help. The defendant allegedly groped her before grabbing her arm as if he were trying to pull her down. The victim kicked him and ran away before asking a woman nearby to borrow her phone so she could call the police, according to court documents.

The defendant is currently released into the High Intensity Supervision Program. During the Dec. 13 hearing, Judge Juliet McKenna scheduled the preliminary hearing for Jan. 14.