Sexual Abuse Defendant Awaits Non-Jury Trial

On Oct. 3, release conditions for a domestic violence defendant were reviewed.

The 33-year-old defendant is charged with first-degree sexual abuse for allegedly raping his girlfriend. 

The defendant is currently release on personal recognizance. His release was switched on Feb. 17 from the personal recognizance under the High Intensity Supervision Program (HISP) where he had to undergo drug testing and frequent check-ins.

According to court documents, on Aug 13, 2018, the defendant got into an altercation regarding the destruction of his ex-girlfriend’s car.

The defendant and the victim had gone to get an appraisal for the ex-girlfriend’s car and the defendant then got out of the car and left his phone behind. The defendant’s girlfriend, at the time, went through his phone to discover that her name was listed as “mom” among his contacts where she then got very upset and began to argue with the defendant. 

The two returned to the defendant’s house where they continued to argue.  The defendant then picked up the victim and carried her to the bedroom where he threw her on the bed, held her hands above her head and began kissing her chest, according to court documents.

She began to cry and scream and asked him if he really was going to rape her. He responded by saying it wasn’t rape. He then forced his penis inside of her vagina. 

As she fought back, he allegedly began to choke her until she vomited, documents state. The victim was taken to the hospital for having an asthma attack. The police were then contacted by hospital staff.

After DNA testing, results showed three different contributors, including the victim, the defendant and an unknown, unrelated individual.

Defense attorney Jacqueline Cadman asserted the defendant’s 6th amendment right to a speedy trial. 

DC Superior Court Judge Jennifer Anderson set a non-jury trial for Feb. 7.

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