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Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 04/16/2012

Capitol Heights man sentenced to eight years for assaulting prostitute

A Capitol Heights man, who was a deacon in his church and sought to become a police officer was sentenced April 13 to eight years in prison for sexually assaulting a prostitute in 2007, authorities said.

Colin L. Hatch, 27, pleaded guilty in March to one count of attempted first-degree sexual abuse and a gun charge, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Authorities say Hatch picked up a prostitute early on Nov. 17, 2007. When she asked for payment before engaging in a sexual act, he pointed a handgun at her head and told her he did not intend to pay.

The prostitute conceded in hopes that she would be set free when he was finished, according to authorities.

Hatch was arrested later that same day, authorities said.

Hatch had applied to be a Baltimore police officer and was a deacon in his church at the time of the 2007 offense, authorities said. His handgun had been legally purchased.

He had been held in prison since a 2008 conviction on other charges related to the incident. Some of those charges were set aside on appeal, according to authorities.

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By David Marino-Nachison  |  04:48 PM ET, 04/16/2012

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