A Metairie man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison plus 57 years for sexually abusing a girl for four years beginning when she was 8, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said.

Simon Shokr, 44, was convicted earlier this month of aggravated rape, sexual battery of a victim under age 13 and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Shokr began abusing the girl in 2008 and told her to say nothing. When she reached high school, she told classmates about the abuse she had endured, and the classmates alerted a teacher, leading to an investigation and Shokr’s arrest, according to the DA’s Office.

The victim — now 16 — testified Wednesday about how she resorted to cutting herself to “focus on the pain of my wounds instead of the pain I felt inside” because of the sexual abuse, according to Connick’s office.

She said she attempted suicide five times.

“Today I stand before you to say I am no longer a victim,” she testified. “I am a survivor.”

The victim’s mother called Shokr “a monster” and said she hopes he will be “haunted” by his behavior while serving his sentence at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, the DA’s Office said.

“You’re an evil sexual predator who preyed on innocent girls,” she told him. “May you never find peace in your dark soul.”

At trial, Shokr denied abusing the girl, saying she fabricated the accusations because of upheaval in her family.

Judge Stephen Grefer, of the 24th Judicial District Court, handed down the mandatory life sentence for the aggravated rape. Grefer then sentenced Shokr to 50 years for the sexual battery and seven years for the indecent behavior, with the sentences to run consecutively, the DA’s Office said.

Assistant District Attorneys Rachel Africk and Lynn Schiffman prosecuted the case.

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