A sex abuse defendant requested a new attorney on Sept. 8.
The 60-year-old defendant faces a 15-count indictment with charges for first-degree sexual abuse with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping, attempted first-degree sexual abuse with aggravating circumstances, third-degree sex abuse- force with aggravating circumstances and second-degree child sex abuse with aggravating circumstances for allegedly sexually assaulting his 11-year-old niece. According to court documents, in January of 2021 an unknown source emailed the victim’s school counselor and informed them about the assault.
The defendant expressed a potential conflict of interest regarding his new defense attorney. DC Superior Court Judge Robert Okun granted the defendant’s request.
The next status hearing is scheduled for Oct. 27.