Convicted rapist released from prison, arrested one year later amid new rape allegations
SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJLA) - A man convicted of sexually assaulting a child six years ago is back in trouble with the law. Montgomery County Police have charged Mohamed Mansaray, 25, of Silver Spring, with First Degree Rape, First Degree Burglary, and First Degree Assault.
According to charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court, Mansaray recently broke into a unit at the Manor Apartments along the 14300 block of Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. The Sierra Leone native reportedly hid inside, waiting for the female renter to return home.
Police say the woman entered her apartment at 6:30 p.m. She walked into her bedroom where she heard a loud “click.” Confused by the irregular sound, the victim searched her unit. When she creaked open the guest bathroom door, a masked man jumped out with a knife in hand.
“The suspect [Mansaray] then put duct tape over her eyes, bound her hands behind her with a scarf and dragged her to the bedroom,” charging documents allege.
Detectives say the following minutes were horrifically brutal and inhumane. The victim, only able to break free from her bindings and call 911 after Mansaray, a Montgomery College student, fled from the home. Responding officers found the woman standing on the sidewalk, “hysterical and bleeding from a finger.”
"Inside the bathroom? Wow,” one neighbor told ABC7. "I'm very sorry for her."
Word of a rape brought predictable surprise to nearby residents, but also disappointment in the judiciary system.
"Yeah that's pretty bad. This kind of crime would never have happened if he [Mansaray] was still in prison,” Amanda Tavenner-Brito, a recovering rape victim herself remarked.
Court records obtained by ABC7 show police arrested Mansaray in Oct. 2008 for repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl. Mansaray was her babysitter. The abuse occurred over the span of a month at the Hewitt Gardens Apartments in Silver Spring, where the then 19-year-old lived at the time.
Originally charged with six felony counts, which could have put him behind bars for the rest of his life, Mansaray took a plea deal. In turn, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert Greenberg sentenced Mansaray to six years in the Maryland Department of Corrections.
While behind bars at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, Mansaray wrote nearly a dozen letters to Judge Greenberg, pleading for additional benevolence.
“Honorable Judge give me another opportunity. I know that out there I can do better for sure. I want to help my mother, family and myself. I learned the lesson by my mistakes and it is something that I have to leave [sic] with for the rest of my life,” Mansaray, a Montgomery Blair High School graduate, penned in an Oct. 2009 note.
"I am learning self-control, diligence and character… I have suffered and seen the reality of life and attached myself to a non-denominational church that is keeping me in the world. I have repented and asked God for forgiveness and mercy with all my heart. I am not perfect, but I am a totally different person with a different perspective in life,” Mansaray said in a March 2010 letter.
“Sir, all I’m asking for is my freedom, a second chance to prove to myself that I can become a better person, even though I’m behind bars doesn’t mean I should give up on my dreams for my future. I worked extremely hard to earn my scholarships for basketball & track; and I don’t want to sit in here doing nothing while I could be in college making use of the great opportunity I’d worked for. Should you reduce my sentence, I will use that chance and my time of probation to prove my sincerity and dedication,” Mansaray wrote in Aug. 2010.
Evidently, persistence paid off as Mansaray was released from prison in 2013, well ahead of his original Oct. 2014 release date.
"This is his second time? I don't think he should be allowed back out. I really don't,” Tavenner-Brito contended. “I mean because what if it happens again?"
In another jail letter, Mansaray told the court he grew-up during a civil war in his native Sierra Leone. The 25-year-old called it a "bad environment,” in which he became addicted to alcohol, PCP and marijuana.
Court records also show Mansaray's first victim, now 16, battles with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder because of her repeated sexual abuse.
Police say DNA collected in the most recent rape at the Manor Apartments pinned to Mansaray, whose genetic code was already on file from the 2008 case.
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Terrance McGann presided over Mansary's case.