Man Pleads Guilty to Multiple Sex Offenses Near School and Threatening Neighbors

Man Pleads Guilty to Multiple Sex Offenses Near School and Threatening Neighbors

Incidents Occurred in April 2023 as Children Walked to/from Bancroft Elementary

            WASHINGTON – Derrick Jones, 54, pleaded guilty today in two separate cases for masturbating in public, near Bancroft Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant, and then threatening neighbors who asked him to stop, U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Acing Chief Pamela Smith of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).  

            Jones pleaded guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to eight separate counts in two cases: two counts of attempted threats, one count of threats, two counts of misdemeanor sexual abuse of a child with aggravating circumstances, and three counts of lewd, indecent, or obscene acts. Sentencing is scheduled for October 16, 2023, before the Honorable Sean Staples. As part of his sentence, Jones will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

            According to the government’s evidence, in the afternoon of April 3, 2023, Jones was observed by a neighbor masturbating outside of the neighbor’s apartment building, which is located less than a block away from Bancroft Elementary School. The neighbor, who was with her 11-year-old son, was trying to record Jones’s behavior since, according to the neighbor, this was a routine occurrence during the hours when children were walking to and from school. In fact, Jones has three prior convictions for lewd, indecent, or obscene acts in the District of Columbia. When Jones observed his neighbor trying to record him on April 3, he crossed the street in an aggressive manner and threatened to kill the neighbor’s family and their dog.

            Then, on April 6, 2023, a woman was returning home after dropping her nephew off at Bancroft Elementary when she observed Jones outside an apartment masturbating. Jones made eye contact with the woman and continued his behavior. On the morning of April 12, 2023, Jones was again seen masturbating outside of the apartment building as children were being dropped off at school.

            Jones engaged in the same conduct the following day, April 13, 2023, exposing himself and masturbating outside of his building while children were walking by on the on their way to school. A Bancroft Elementary school crossing guard observed Jones, and while another colleague ushered kids to the opposite side of the street out of view, the crossing guard approached Jones and asked him to stop. Jones responded by loudly threatening to “blow y’all up” before going inside and returning with a black duffel bag. Not knowing what was in the bag, the crossing guard became even more alarmed and law enforcement was ultimately flagged down and Jones was taken into custody.

            In addition to these incidents, after the defendant’s arrest, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Metropolitan Police Department further investigated and located additional victims. In pleading guilty, Jones also admitted that between April 1 and April 13, 2023, he exposed himself and masturbated in front of an 11-year-old girl who lived in a neighboring apartment.

            The defendant has been in custody since his arrest on April 13, 2023.

            In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Graves commended the work of the Metropolitan Police Department, which investigated the case, and the U.S. Secret Service, who assisted in the defendant’s apprehension on April 13, 2023. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocates Johnny DaSilva and Tracy Owusu.

            Finally, he expressed appreciation for the work of Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jae Friedman and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Wash, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

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