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Date rape defendant sentenced to 51 months in prison

A District man was sentenced to 51 months in prison Monday for the 2008 sexual assault of a woman in her Southeast Washington home.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Ann O’Regan Keary sentenced Christopher Herbert Grooms, 26, after Grooms pleaded guilty in June to one count of attempted first-degree sexual abuse.

Prosecutors said Grooms met the victim at a bus stop on the evening of April 5, 2008, before inviting him to her apartment, where they drank alcohol and watched television.

At some point, prosecutors said, they engaged in consensual sexual contact. Then they victim became uncomfortable and asked Grooms to stop. Instead, they say, he became angry and punched the woman in her mouth, sexually assaulted her and then ordered her to fix him a drink.

Grooms, currently incarcerated on another charge, now faces revocation of his supervised release in connection with that offense.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.


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