Man who blamed 6-year-old girl for rape gets 20 years in prison

A Louisiana man who admitted to raping a 6-year-old girl – but claimed she was the aggressor – was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Carl Rogers, 67, of Bogalusa, pleaded guilty Monday to forcible rape of a 6-year-old girl before being sentenced by District Judge Alan Zaunbrecher, District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced in a news release on Tuesday.

Zaunbrecher ordered Rogers to complete his two-decade prison term without parole, probation or suspension of sentence. He must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, Montgomery said.

The victim, now 11 years old, revealed allegations of the rape during a counseling session at the Bogalusa Mental Health Clinic in 2014. The girl reported that Rogers touched her body inappropriately, kissed her and forced oral sex upon her when she was 6 years old.

In a statement made later to law enforcement officials, Montgomery said Rogers admitted to sexual contact with the girl, but claimed the girl was the aggressor.

The girl’s mother was contacted before Rogers’ guilty plea was accepted and she agreed to the terms, Montgomery said.

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