Man Pleads Guilty to Second-Degree Sex Abuse

A defendant pleaded guilty to second-degree sex abuse and unlawful entry onto private property.

According to the proffer of facts, on Aug. 29, 2019, Bertrand Lebeau looked through an apartment window and saw the victim sleeping. He then entered the apartment and the victim awoke to him performing non-consensual sexual acts on her. The 36-year-old defendant only stopped when the victim forced him off her.

The victim questioned Lebeau, asking if she had allowed him to enter her home. He said yes but she rebutted, saying she did not. Lebeau gave the victim his phone number and left the apartment. 

As part of the plea deal, parties agreed to an eight-year prison sentence with two years suspended, followed by five years of probation. Another case in which Lebeau was charged with unlawful entry onto private property will be dismissed as part of the plea deal.

He will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. 

During the Aug. 12 hearing, defense attorney Prescott Loveland said he plans to explain the ”unique mental state” Lebeau was in during the time of the offense at Lebeau’s sentencing on Nov. 12. 

Lebeau was deemed incompetent to stand trial in 2019 and transferred to Saint Elizabeths Hospital, DC’s psychiatric institution, for treatment. He was found competent in 2020, but is still being held there as part of an effort to maintain his competency.