Prosecution Retracts Holding Request in Sex Abuse Case

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During a preliminary hearing on March 17, DC Superior Court Judge Shelly Mulkey granted a defendant’s release in a sexual abuse case.

The defendant, 33, is charged with assault with intent to commit third-degree sex abuse and assault with a dangerous weapon against a victim. The events allegedly occurred on March 15 on the 3300 block of Dubois Place, SE.

During court, defense attorney Hannah Claudio requested a continuance for the preliminary hearing and the release of the defendant.

The prosecutor did not oppose the defendant’s release with GPS monitoring.

Judge Mulkey also granted the request for a continuance of the hearing.

Court documents state that the defendant had been sleeping on the victim’s coach, when he woke up in the middle of the night and approached the victim’s bedroom.

The defendant accused the victim of sleeping with somebody and allegedly beat her with the end of a handgun and grabbed her vagina, according to court documents. 

The defendant and the victim have children together. 

The parties are scheduled to return April 4 for a preliminary hearing.

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