A DC Superior Court judge granted an attorney’s request to take a child sex abuse defendant off GPS monitoring.
The defendant is charged with two counts of second-degree child sex abuse in a domestic violence case for allegedly abusing two minors from 2012 through 2014. During his initial hearing on Sept. 1, 2021, a judge released him into the High Intensity Supervision Program (HISP) with GPS monitoring.
Defense attorney Leo Alley motioned to modify his client’s release conditions on Jan. 14. The prosecution did not oppose the request but raised concerns that he could flee the country or try to communicate with the victims in this case.
During a Jan. 20 hearing, Alley said the defendant has been in compliance with his pretrial release conditions while working as a painter in Virginia. Alley also noted his client’s lack of a criminal record.
In light of this, Judge Maribeth Raffinan removed the defendant from HISP and instructed him on how to turn in his GPS.
The defendant still must check in with the Pretrial Services Agency over the phone every other week. He is also not allowed to have unsupervised contact with minors.
Parties will return to court on Feb. 22 for a felony status conference. In the meantime, parties are engaged in plea negotiations.