“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit have announced an arrest has been made in connection with a Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse offense that occurred in the Third District.
On January 25, 2017, at approximately 2:00 am, the victim was walking in the 1600 block of 7th Street, Northwest, when the suspect groped her. The victim then called 911, and the suspect was apprehended a short distance away by responding officers.
Arrested was 57-year-old Michael Hilliard, of no fixed address. He was charged with Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse.”
This is the guy who groped three women in Logan Circle area two weeks ago. Judge Robert Morin ordered him released, and even turned down a request that he wear a GPS. Said he was homeless and couldn’t keep it charged. Of course Hilliard has a cell phone and manages to keep that charged. And Hilliard is arrested early Wednesday morning for another sexual assault on another woman.
At the hearing where he was released, his attorney referred to the sexual assaults as “misbehavior.” (See WaPo article.)
MPD keeps arresting this guy, and yet he keeps getting put back on the streets. Cathy Lanier was right when – going out the door – she said the District’s justice system is broken.
Half a million people marched Saturday for the safety and dignity of women, and yet we allow this to continue to happen on streets in our neighborhood – just blocks away from the march.”
Another reader asks:
“How many times do you need to assault a woman before you’re removed from the streets? Full disclosure–not strong in law, so I don’t know.
But where’s the justice? I believe Hilliard has a trial date set for his most recent trio of assault on the 2nd of February. I don’t know what power anyone has to get him off the streets, but I hope we can at least get his picture up so people know to steer clear of this fellow.”