A Slidell man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty in a St. Tammany Parish court to forcible rape, sexual battery and failure to register as a sex offender, according to a spokesman for District Attorney Walter Reed.

Caleb Hughes, 28, was arrested in January after a minor reported being sexually abused by Hughes, Rick Wood said. Hughes also had threatened violence if the minor reported the abuse.

Hughes has a prior conviction of the rape of a child in Massachusetts in 2005, leading to him being sentenced as a multiple offender.

State District Judge Raymond Childress gave Hughes 40 years on the rape charge, plus 10 years for sexual battery and five years for failing to register as a sex offender. Each sentence is set to run concurrently, Wood said.

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