Updated: 08/19/2014 4:51 PM
Created: 08/19/2014 4:32 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
A Brooklyn Center man was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually assaulting a woman as he claimed to be a police officer.
Gideon Charles Arrington II, 36, was sentenced by an Anoka County District Court judge for criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. The judge found aggravating factors, which resulted in a tougher sentencing. Usually the recommended guideline sentence is 12 to 17 years.
According to the criminal complaint, Arrington claimed to be a police officer and forced the victim into his vehicle in a Fridley parking lot on Nov. 23. He then threatened, handcuffed and blindfolded her. He drove her to a location and repeatedly sexually assaulted her.
Arrington washed the victim's clothing and scrubbed her body with a bleach-like substance after the assault, according to prosecutors. Despite this, authorities say it was ultimately a DNA database match that led to his arrest in December.
“I am satisfied that this sentence holds the defendant accountable for his actions,” said Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo. “We hope today’s event helps the victim in the healing process,” Palumbo said.