Sex Abuse Defendant Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

A DC Superior Court judge sentenced a sex abuse defendant to six years in prison.

In January, Anthony Faucette pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse for sexually assaulting a woman in the supply closet of a convenience store on the 1300 block of 2nd Street, NE, in November 2020.

Faucette’s six year prison sentence will be followed by 20 years of supervised release.

Defense attorney Wole Falodun argued that Faucette, 35, should receive treatment rather than extensive incarceration due to his history with mental health issues.

The defendant was found mentally incompetent in April. He was sent to St. Elizabeths Hospital, DC’s psychiatric institution, for treatment the following month. He was found competent in July, allowing parties to proceed to sentencing.

During the Aug. 4 sentencing hearing, Falodun said his client admitted to his crime at the scene and pleaded guilty as early as he could.

The prosecution, who recommended a six-year sentence followed by a lifetime of supervised release, said Faucette has a significant history of mostly misdemeanor crimes and that his crimes became more significant over time.

Judge Neal Kravitz described the experience of watching the surveillance video of the incident as “chilling,” and said he did not think Faucette had fully grasped the wrongness of his actions.

“It seems like he has a higher likelihood than most of doing this again,” he said.

Faucette is also required to pay $100 to the Victims of Violent Crime compensation fund.

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