A state judge sentenced a Harvey man to two life sentences plus 45 years in prison Thursday for raping and sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl for two years beginning in 2010.
Clifton Raye, 48, was convicted March 1 of two counts of aggravated rape, two counts of sexual battery and one count of oral sexual battery, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said Thursday.
The abuse was anonymously disclosed in 2013, when the child was 13 years old, to the state Department of Child and Family Services.
Raye has been in jail ever since, held in lieu of a $1.15 million bond, Connick’s office said.
He waived a trial by jury, leaving it to Judge Lee Faulkner of the 24th Judicial District Court to weigh the evidence during a day-long trial.
On Thursday, Faulkner sentenced Raye to two mandatory life sentences for the two counts of aggravated rape, 25 years for one count of sexual battery, 10 years for the second sexual battery count and 10 years for the oral sexual battery. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Raye denied the charges and testified that the girl’s accusations were “coerced.” He said nothing during the sentencing hearing, according to Connick’s office.
Assistant District Attorney David Wheeler and Rachel Africk prosecuted the case.
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