A Silver Spring man was sentenced on April 11 to 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman in 2010. In December 2010, a jury found Glenn A. Smith, 37, guilty of two counts of first-degree sexual assault.

According to the government’s sentencing memo, at approximately 2:30 a.m. June 13, 2010, the victim was walking down Wisconsin Avenue NW after leaving a party in Friendship Heights with her college friends. As she was walking to catch a taxi, Smith grabbed her, turned her away from him, and put her in a tight chokehold. He asked her how much money she had. She told him less than $20, but indicated he could have it.

Smith responded, “in that case, I will get something else from you.” Smith pushed the victim to the ground and sexually assaulted her. After the assault, Smith took the victim’s underwear, wiped her with it, and fled the scene, taking the underwear.

The victim immediately reported the assault to the Metropolitan Police Department. She was treated for injuries and swabbed for DNA at Washington Hospital Center.

Almost a year later, May 2011, Smith was identified as a suspect after a single male DNA profile developed from one of the swabs was entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). Smith’s DNA was already in the system because of an earlier conviction involving identity fraud.

Smith insisted he was not the suspect in the case because he was not out late during the night of the incident. After detectives, told him that his DNA was found on the victim, he responded that if his DNA was found, it meant he “had sex with a girl and gave her money.”

Judge Thomas J. Motley sentenced Smith. At the end of his prison term, Smith has five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.


Maria Adebola

Special to the AFRO