Man sentenced for sexual assault in NE
A man serving 21 years in prison for a series of attacks on women near the Minnesota Avenue Metro station was sentenced Friday to an additional 10 years behind bars for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for the District.
Gerald Canty, 24, pleaded guilty in April to one count of attempted first-degree sexual abuse. Authorities said that in December 2013, he accosted a teenager on Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue in Northeast about 9:30 a.m. Prosecutors said he threatened her from behind with what the victim believed was a gun and said: “Hey! Don’t move!”
In May 2014, Canty pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an 18year-old woman and attempting to kidnap three other women in a series of incidents near the Minnesota Avenue Metro station that frightened residents and prompted D.C. police to issue public warnings.
Police at the time said the attacker approached women as they left the station and threatened to shoot them if they did not comply.