Skinner Scheduled for Trial

Man accused of threatening teenage lesbians ordered to drug treatment program as he awaits trial

The man accused of approaching two teenage girls, 15 and 16, near the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station and threatening to rape them in front of two witnesses was ordered yesterday to enter an outpatient drug treatment program as he awaits trial on a charge of threats to do bodily harm.

Anthony E. Skinner Jr. appeared in D.C. Superior Court before Judge John McCabe Monday, April 2, for a misdemeanor initial status hearing, where he was scheduled for a non-jury trial, to be held on June 11. Skinner was released on bond and ordered to attend the New Directions drug treatment program, starting on April 4.

Skinner was issued a stay-away order from the teenage couple he allegedly threatened to harm, and from the 4000 block of Minnesota Avenue NE. He has been ordered to continue reporting weekly to D.C.’s pre-trial services agency, the independent federal entity tasked with supervising defendants who are awaiting trial, a condition that was ordered when he was first charged on March 13.

According to police reports, Skinner allegedly approached the two teenagers at around 4:50 p.m. on March 12 and threatened, ”Yeah, little bitch, I’ll pull your pants down and rape you at the mother fuckin metro station; you and your dom.”

”Dom” is sometimes used as a slang term for a ”dominant” lesbian, or for a dominant partner in various sorts of relationships.

He then allegedly followed the girls to the Metro station before being arrested by police. Because of the nature of the domestic relationship between the two girls, the Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) responded to the scene, though the MPD report makes no mention of the incident being a possible hate crime. That does not preclude, however, prosecutors from possibly seeking a bias-related penalty enhancement as the case moves forward.

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at jriley@metroweekly.com

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