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Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. Brandon B. Petty entered guilty pleas to one count each of assault with intent to commit first degree sexual abuse and attempted first degree sexual abuse while armed before the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Petty contacted the victim through an ad she was running for adult services on Craigslist.
After making arrangements to meet, he arrived at her hotel room shortly after 7 that evening. Inside the room, he grabbed the victim by the hair, placed a knife to her neck and demanded money. He then forced the victim to the floor and told her to perform oral sex.
As a result, Petty fled from the room. The victim and her friend spotted him a short time later near Dupont Circle and called When the defendant heard the police sirens, he ran.
He was apprehended by officers of the Metropolitan Police Department after a short chase. Petty contacted another victim—also through an ad she was running for adult services on Craigslist. After making arrangements to meet, he arrived at her hotel room shortly after 3 p. He then forced the victim to the floor and forced her perform oral sex. Afterward the defendant fled from the room.
Later that day, after reporting the incident to hotel security and the Metropolitan Police Department, the victim positively identified the defendant from a series of photographs shown to her by the police. A subsequent examination of DNA evidence and cellular phone records, as well as surveillance video from the hotel, all helped to link Petty to the crime.
Petty faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years for assault with intent to commit first degree sexual abuse and a maximum term of 30 years for attempted first degree sexual abuse while armed. He will be required under District of Columbia law to register for life as a sex offender.
Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. In announcing the guilty verdict, U. The U. Machen also praised the outstanding assistance that was provided by other law enforcement partners, including: Avon Jackson, Peter Amico, Richard Kelly, and Michael Picou of the U. He also recognized the efforts of various staff of the U. Finally, the U. Attorney commended the hard work and dedication of Assistant U.
Attorneys David M. Rubenstein and Karen Rich, who investigated, indicted and prosecuted the case. Skip to Search.
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