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Defendant's online sexual abuse admissions help jury convict him

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A District man has been convicted of child sexual abuse after prosecutors presented in trial his online messages to his victim about how he psychologically manipulated and abused her years earlier.

(Photo: Jay Westcott)

Brian Claros, 26, was convicted in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia of three counts of first degree child sexual abuse and two counts of enticing a child with aggravating circumstances.

Claros was also charged with sexually abusing two other victims, but the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the additional counts.

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. says the government will retry Claros on those counts.

According to the evidence presented, from 2003 through 2006 Claros sexually abused the girl when she was between the ages of 10 and 13.

Most of the sexual abuse happened in Maryland, but the first and last incidents occurred in D.C.

The girl was the younger cousin of Claros’ girlfriend at the time, prosecutors say.

In later years, Claros sent online messages to the victim admitting the sexual abuse and detailing the psychological tactics that he used to get her to comply with his sexual demands.

These messages were revealed after Claros was arrested in August 2010 on charges that he had sexually abused the two other child victims. He had been living with those alleged victims in 2010.

Claros is scheduled to be sentenced on November 30. He is facing a likely sentencing range of 102 to 288 months in prison on each of the child sexual abuse counts, and 10 to 42 months in prison on the enticing counts, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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