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Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting a Minor on Ft. Meade Military Base

BALTIMORE—U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles sentenced Daheem Bryant-Royal, age 23, of Ft. Meade, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for sexual abuse of a minor that occurred on the Ft. Meade military base on September 4, 2011. Judge Quarles also ordered that upon his release from prison, Bryant-Royal must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Brigadier General Major General David Quantock, Provost Marshal General of the Army and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

On December 18, 2012, a federal jury convicted Bryant-Royal of raping a minor female at a home on the Ft. Meade military base, which is exclusive federal jurisdiction. According to the evidence presented at Bryant-Royal’s four-day trial, the victim was staying at a residence on Ft. Meade. After attending a party, the victim became heavily intoxicated. Witnesses testified that Bryant-Royal entered the bathroom where the victim was taken after she became ill and sexually assaulted her.

The victim immediately reported the rape to her friends, who drove her home. The victim immediately informed her parents and law enforcement officials about the sexual assault and was admitted into a hospital, where a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) was performed. The results of the examination, which were introduced into evidence during trial, indicate that she was sexually assaulted, and DNA evidence recovered from the victim was determined to match Bryant-Royal’s DNA.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command at Ft. Meade for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Rachel M. Yasser and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine L. Duey of the U.S. Justice Department, Criminal Division, who prosecuted the case.

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