Waldorf Man Sentenced in Beating and Sexual Assault of Jessup Woman
December 9, 2016
A 46-year-old Waldorf man was sentenced to 30 years in prison, yesterday, for the March brutal beating and sexual assault of his girlfriend in her Jessup residence. Robert Nathaniel Jones, of the 10000 block of Poplarwood Court, was convicted of attempted second-degree sex offense and second degree assault at the conclusion of a three-day trial in September.
At the sentencing hearing Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer W. Ritter told Judge Richard S. Bernhardt that at the time of the attack, Jones was on probation for the first-degree assault on his -wife in 2007. “This is an incredibly violent, dangerous man, and he is particularly dangerous to the women who love him,” stated Ritter.
Police responded to a woman’s 911 call on the evening of March 18 where they discovered the 45-year old woman crying while sitting on the floor of her kitchen. Jones was standing over her and police observed that he appeared to be intoxicated. Jones was arrested based on the visible injuries to the victim which included cuts on the inside of her lip and elbow, and swelling in the area of her nose. The injuries were consistent with the woman’s initial report that Jones had knocked her to the ground in the kitchen and hit her repeatedly with the back of a chair. The woman also reported being strangled by Jones. Once Jones was removed from the residence, the woman disclosed to police Jones had sexually assault her with an object shortly before the second altercation in the kitchen. Although she refused transport to the hospital that night, the woman did go to Howard County General Hospital the next day for treatment. Injuries consistent with the sexual assault that was described were observed during a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination.
Ritter pointed out that during the trial, transcripts of “manipulative” text messages between the two revealed that after his arrest, Jones wanted his girlfriend not to testify against him in an attempt to derail the case. And on the eve of the sentencing hearing a friend of Jones called the victim, urging her to “do whatever” she could so that Jones wouldn’t spend 20 years in prison. In her victim impact testimony, the woman told the court that she had “lost all sense of normalcy and security,” and that “the only emotions left,” after such an attack, “are fear and survival.”
At the conclusion of Thursday’s hearing Judge Bernhardt admonished Jones that that the assaults were committed “to further debase and demean this woman, to further your control, to break her down to absolutely nothing—which makes it even more horrendous… (and) makes you even more dangerous.” The judge sentenced Jones to 20 years in prison for the attempted sex offense, and a consecutive 10-year term for second-degree assault.