Student Pleads Guilty to Rape
A Marshall High School student pleaded guilty yesterday in Fairfax County to raping two women near the Dunn Loring Metro station last fall and could face 30 years or more in prison at sentencing in July.
Prosecutors said Michael Scott Acosta, 19, admitted to police that he was involved in four attacks on women in the Dunn Loring area in September and October. He entered pleas to rape in two of the cases, each carrying five-year minimum sentences, and abduction with intent to defile, which carries a 20-year minimum. Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Robert W. Wooldridge Jr. can impose longer sentences or suspend some of the time.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Ian M. Rodway said Acosta, then a senior at Marshall, snatched both victims from behind, placed a hand over their mouths and dragged them into wooded areas before raping them Sept. 21 and Oct. 7. A jacket Acosta left behind at another attack led police to him, court records showed. Acosta did not make a statement yesterday.
"He's very remorseful and apologetic. He accepts responsibility for his actions," his attorney, Daniel T. Lopez, said.
-- Tom Jackman