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SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT SECURES SIGNIFICANT CONVICTIONS IN MULTIPLE SEX ABUSE CASES

UPPER MARLBORO, MD (December 22, 2022) – In the last two weeks, Assistant State’s Attorneys (ASAs) secured significant convictions and sentencings in Prince George’s County special victims and family violence cases.


“These guilty verdicts and sentencings highlight the vital role of the courageous victims who came forward to tell their stories. I commend them for facing their abusers. The successful outcomes of these trials cannot reverse the horrors that occurred, but I hope that it empowers more victims of sexual abuse to come forward to authorities and seek help. I also want to thank all of our ASAs and victim witness advocates for their dedication, hard work and the special care that they give to each of our victims. Prince George’s County is a safer place because of all that you do daily, to assist us in pursuing justice on behalf of all victims,” said State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy.


On December 16th, Marles Hernandez (age 43) was found guilty of first-degree rape, three counts of second-degree rape, three counts of third-degree sex offense, and two counts of sexual abuse of a minor. Hernandez sexually assaulted a child victim multiple times when the child was between four and five years of age. He is facing a possible maximum of life plus 50 years in prison at sentencing which is scheduled for March 24, 2023.


On December 9th, Jose Palacio (age 60) was found guilty of sexual abuse of a minor and three counts of third-degree sex offense for sexually abusing two victims who were between the ages of seven and 12, and nine and 10 during the time of the abuse. The two victims are currently 16 and 21 years of age. Palacio is facing a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 5, 2023.


On December 9th, 45-year-old Donald Jackson was sentenced to 10 years, with all but five years suspended, plus a lifetime registration as a sex offender for sexual abuse of a minor. Jackson was a part of Children Having Overcoming Power (CHOP), a program at Oxon Hill Assembly of Jesus Christ, where at-risk teenagers were placed at the homes of church members. The victim in this case was placed with Jackson when the sexual assault occurred from the age of 15 to 17 years old.


On December 9th, Orlando Blanco (age 55) was sentenced to 25 years, with all but 15 years suspended, and a lifetime registration as a sex offender for sexually abusing his girlfriend’s three minor children. The victims were four to 11 years old, five to six years old and 16 years old at the time of the abuse. Blanco pled guilty to sexual abuse of a minor.

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