A Louisiana man was sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty of raping and impregnating an 11-year-old girl.
Joseph Riney, 27, was arrested on Jan. 22, 2014, WWLTV reported. He was accused of forcing his ex-girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter into having having sex with him multiple times and impregnating her.
According to the State Police Crime Lab, the baby had half of Riney’s DNA and half of the victim’s. Prosecutor Bus Barnes said there was no question that Riney was guilty, and State District Court Judge George Larke sentenced him to mandatory life in prison without benefits on Dec. 11, Houma Today reported.
“It’s pretty clear there wasn’t any question (of Riney’s guilt),” Barnes told Houma Today. “This is the first case he has handled in many years of prosecuting child sex abuse suspects that DNA has been ‘forensically useful,’ particularly because of the girl’s pregnancy.”
According to state law, aggravated rape applies to victims under the age 13 or over the age 65. A conviction also eliminates any possibility of probation or parole.
The victim, who is now 13-years-old, gave birth to the boy and put him up for adoption. She is currently attending a local middle school.