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      Colin Hatch, deacon, sentenced for sexually assaulting prostitute

      A church deacon who was applying to become a Baltimore police officer was sentenced to eight years behind bars for sexually assaulting a prostitute at gunpoint.

      Colin L. Hatch, 27, of Capitol Heights, Md., was found guilty in July 2008 in D.C. Superior Court of first-degree sexual abuse with aggravating circumstances, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, carrying a pistol without a license and possession of an unregistered firearm.

      Authorities say Hatch picked up a 23-year-old prostitute near 10th and K Streets NW. Hatch pulled out a .45 caliber handgun, pointed it to her head, and sexually assaulted her.

      The victim later saw Hatch driving in the area and alerted police, who arrested Hatch.