A state district judge found a 48-year-old Harvey man guilty Tuesday of two counts of aggravated rape, two counts of sexual battery and one count of oral sexual battery.
Clifton Raye will spend the rest of his life in prison when 24th Judicial District Court Judge Lee Faulkner hands down the mandatory life sentence on March 10, according to Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s Office.
Faulkner presided over the day-long trial of Raye, who was accused of raping a girl over a two-year period beginning when she was 11 years old.
Raye was accused of performing sexual acts on the child, and having her do the same to him, before the allegations were disclosed in 2013, when she was 13 years old, Connick’s office said.
The state Department of Child and Family Services received an anonymous report of the abuse, investigated it and contacted the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, prosecutors said. Doctors at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans found no physical evidence of sexual abuse, leaving only testimony for the trial.
Raye denied the accusation and said the victim had been “coerced” into wrongly accusing him of rape, though Faulkner said upon ruling that he found the victim’s testimony to be “extremely credible.”
Assistant District Attorneys David Wheeler and Rachel Africk prosecuted the case.
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