DC Man Forced to Register as Sex Offender After Stalking 13-Year-Old Boy
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A DC man has been ordered to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to stalking a 13-year-old boy in Tenleytown.
Michael Gasch, 69 – also known as Michael Love Peace – a resident of the District, was ordered Monday to register as a sex offender and stay away from children following his recent guilty pleas to one count of obscenity and one count of stalking in two unrelated cases.
Gasch pled guilty to the charges in October and was sentenced Monday to 1 ½ years in prison, but the judge suspended the time on the condition that he successfully complete five years of probation.
During that time, he is to have no contact with any child 16 years of age or younger, and stay away from all places where children congregate, including parks, public pools and schools. He will be placed on GPS monitoring during this period.
According to evidence in the case, on Aug 8, 2013, while in his car, Gasch approached a 13-year-old boy who was walking home from a grocery store in Tenleytown.
Gasch followed the child, who refused multiple offers for a ride home.
Gasch then asked the child if he would like to have a DVD. When he held the DVD cover out of the car window, the child saw the image of a naked male holding a basketball in front of his genitalia. The child ran as fast as he could towards his home, with Gasch following behind in the vehicle. The boy ran inside his house and immediately alerted his parents.
Officers later recovered the DVD cover, which contained images of nudity and sexual conduct. Gasch has been in custody since his arrest on Aug. 8.
In an unrelated case, between Dec. 29, 2011 and Jan 4, 2012, Gasch engaged in stalking behavior toward a dean at the Howard University Law School.
He did not know the dean, and initially approached her in the parking lot of the school to ask about employment.
His stalking behavior included approaching the dean in person, sending numerous emails, letters and documents, calling the dean, and sending multiple deliveries of flowers with inappropriate messages to the dean’s home and office.
Gasch engaged in this stalker behavior after he had been told to stop contacting the dean, and after being barred from the Howard University campus.
As part of Monday’s sentence, he must also stay away from the campus and all faculty and staff members.