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Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Jury finds D.C. man guilty of abusing young girl

A 26-year-old District man was found guilty Wednesday of sexually abusing a young girl, authorities said.

A D.C. Superior Court jury found Brian Claros, 26, guilty on three counts of first-degree child sexual abuse and two counts of enticing a child, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The victim, the younger cousin of Claros’ girlfriend at the time, was abused repeatedly between 2003 and 2006 in both Maryland and the District while between 10 and 13 years old, authorities said.

The girl came forward after Claros was arrested in 2010 for allegedly sexually abusing two other children, according to authorities.

Claros is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 30. He faces up to 288 months in prison for each child sexual abuse count and up to 42 months for the enticing counts.

The jury couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on the charges pertaining to the other children, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office, and the government intends to retry Claros on those charges.

By Erica W. Morrison  |  04:30 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Categories:  From the Courthouse, The District

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