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Silver Spring man sentenced to 25 years in prison for 2010 sexual assault

A Silver Spring man on Friday was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 2010 sexual assault of a Georgetown University graduate who was walking down Wisconsin Avenue NW after a party.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Motley, sentenced Glenn A. Smith Jr, 37, in connection with the June 13, 2010, attack.

A somber mood descended on the court Friday as the 22-year-old woman recounted her ordeal at the hands of the accused and how the attack ruined her life.

“Before the attack, I believed I was a brave and an independent woman. Today, I’m afraid to walk alone and always have to be in the company of my friends,” the woman told the judge as she sobbed. The Washington Post generally does not identify victims of sex crimes.

She told the court that she spent months wondering who her attacker was. The man, she could only remember, covered his face during the act, wiped her blood after the attack and disappeared with her underpants, prosecutors told the court.

During the 2012 trial, Smith’s attorney argued the sex was consensual after he met the woman on and the two began flirting.

Smith was arrested after DNA evidence found on the victim matched DNA collected during a prior arrest on an identity theft charge in New Jersey.

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Harry Misiko, a copy editor of the Daily Nation in Nairobi, is the 2014 Alfred Friendly Fellow at The Post.



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