Mom Discovers Daughter's Rape By Reading Diary (Photos)

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A Michigan man was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to raping a 12-year-old girl.

Taylor James Dusen, 18, of Muskegon County, was sentenced to a minimum of five years and a maximum of 35 years by Judge Timothy Hicks for first-degree criminal sexual misconduct, according to MLive.

The 12-year-old victim's mother learned of the rape after reading her daughter's diary.

Muskegon County Prosecutor Timothy Maat said Dusen had known the girl before the rape, having met her through a mutual friend in 2016. The attacks took place over the course of a day in March 2017.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, 93 percent of perpetrators in child sexual abuse cases already know the victim.

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Dusen's charges involved sexual penetration with a child under the age of 13, according to Daily Mail. He pleaded guilty in July.

Dusen had no criminal history before the rape.

Maat said the sentence of five to 35 years is within Michigan state guidelines. Dusen was sentenced in late August at Muskegon County Court.

Another young man in New Orleans was charged with first-degree rape of a victim under 13 after allegedly attacking a 12-year-old girl, according to the Times-Picayune.

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The 17-year-old suspect was indicted on Aug. 31 by a grand jury. If convicted, the teen could receive a mandatory life sentence.

The teen allegedly raped the girl near her home in February, shortly after he turned 17. The alleged victim turns 13 in September.

The girl's mother called police to report the attack the next day, but the teen was not arrested until May. 

Louisiana law states that any rape with a victim under the age of 13 is a first-degree rape, carrying a life sentence.

The office of District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro had reportedly agreed not to go forward with seeking the teen's indictment before Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell evaluated the evidence at a preliminary hearing, which was rescheduled three times.

New Orleans Police Child Abuse Detective Bianca Deirish gave testimony during the Aug. 30 hearing. Cantrell found probable cause to keep the accused in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail. After the grand jury indicted the teen, Criminal District Judge Paul Bonin placed the accused's bail at $1 million.

A new state law that went into effect on Aug. 1 would make the teen eligible for parole consideration after 25 years in prison. The law allows those who are given life sentences under the age of 18 in non-homicide cases to be considered for parole after serving 25 years of their sentence.

Sources: Daily Mail, MLive, Times-Picayune, RAINN / Featured Image: Shaun Fisher/Flickr / Embedded Images: Michigan Department of Corrections via Daily Mail, Google via Daily Mail

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