Sex Abuse Defendant Requests Change in Attorney

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. 

Defense attorney Austin Terrence will be replacing defense attorney Ronald Resetarits in the 2021 first degree child sex abuse case.  

The next status hearing is scheduled for Oct. 27.