A Jefferson Parish jury took two hours Wednesday to convict a Metairie man of raping a young boy.
Charles Turner, 38, faces life in prison after being convicted of aggravated rape of a juvenile younger than 13, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said.
Turner abused the boy over a two-year period beginning in 2013, when the child was 8. The boy's mother took him to Children's Hospital after he told her about the abuse in August 2015.
The boy told authorities that the sexual abuse was often coupled with physical abuse and he thought he was being punished for doing something wrong.
Turner, who has a criminal history of drug, burglary and domestic abuse violations, was arrested in January 2016.
He did not testify during his trial, and his attorneys said the child fabricated the rape story because of turmoil in the child's life, Connick’s office said.
Judge Conn Regan of 24th Judicial District Court will sentence Turner on Dec. 11. The mandatory sentence for aggravated rape of a juvenile under age 13 is life in prison.
Turner had gone to trial twice before, in May and August, but the judge declared mistrials in both cases. He was represented by the Jefferson Parish Public Defender's Office.
Assistant District Attorneys Lynn Schiffman and Andrew DeCoste prosecuted the case.