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Convicted sex offender charged with rape

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D.C. Police have arrested a convicted sex offender and charged him with raping a mentally challenged teenager in an alley near the Verizon Center. The teen had been reported missing after getting onto the Metro and failing to arrive at her destination.

The charging documents filed in the case say the 19 year old autistic victim suffers from a variety of mental and physical challenges and was incapable of defending herself against a stranger's advances.

She was missing for the better part of the day before turning up at a Prince George's County Metro Station.

According to a court affidavit, on Sunday November 25th a 19 year old girl diagnosed with autism got on the Metro at the Greenbelt station and was supposed to go to her mother's job site. Instead, the 19 year old decided she wanted to see the museums and went downtown.

Although it's unclear what Metro station she used to get off the train, police say she turned up at the gallery place McDonald's where she encountered a convicted sex offender named George Cocroft.

FOX 5 found Cocroft in the Sex Offender Registry book at the Second District Police Station in northwest.

His picture and offense are not in the on-line registry but that's another story.

His address is listed as the 400 block of Second Street NW which is commonly known as the Second and D Street Homeless Shelter.

The court affidavit says the victim told police she trusted the defendant and thought he was friendly and a nice person.

According to the court affidavit the teenager says George Cocroft took her by the hand and led her into a back alley in the 600 block of H Street NW where she says she was sexually assaulted.

The same court affidavit says Cocroft admitted having sex with the girl but he said it was consensual.

Cocroft also told police he knew the teen was (in his words) "not all there" and was a person that people take advantage of.

Court documents show Cocroft was ordered to register as a Class B Sex Offender after pleading guilty to third degree sex abuse in 2007.

But the sex offender registry lists him as a Class C Offender, the least serious classification.

Cocroft is currently locked up and undergoing a mental evaluation.

One other note, if you tried to find George Cocroft in the On-Line Sex Offender Registry or if you searched for all sex offenders living near the Second and D Street Shelter, Cocroft's name wouldn't come up.

That's because by law the Class C offenders are only listed off line--in books kept at the seven D.C. Police stations.

Why Cocroft is listed as a C Offender when the court says he is a B is still unclear.


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