Man gets longer sentence after appeal in gunpoint bathroom rape

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Nathaniel Hart

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — In 2011, a man was sentenced to 90 years in prison for raping a woman at gunpoint in a public bathroom. He appealed, and today was sentenced to life in prison plus two 60-year terms.

Nathaniel Hart, 41, will be eligible for parole in 88 years.

He was convicted of two counts of rape in the first degree after assaulting a woman multiple times in a bathroom at Montgomery College. He crawled under the stall, told the victim he had a gun and would hurt her, and then raped her twice.

In between rapes, the victim says he cried and talked about his ex-wife and how he was going to hell.

She reported the crime and gave a detailed description of the suspect. Detectives worked quickly to locate the suspect, and zeroed in on Hart shortly after the crime took place.

Hart tried to flee the area, but couldn’t get a ride and was kicked off a bus. Two officers found him while canvassing at the Days Inn Hotel, lying on the bed in a vacant room covered in the victim’s blood.

These charges were overturned on appeal, and Hart had his sentence vacated, but was then tried by a jury in October who came back with a guilty verdict in just 20 minutes.