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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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17.5 year sentence in child sex case

17.5 year sentence in child sex case

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A New Iberia man has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison for traveling to the state of North Carolina to have sexual contact with a child.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley in Lafayette said Monday that U.S. District Judge Richard Haik handed down the sentence for 55-year-old Ray Paul Dionne.

Finley said in a news release that Dionne had pleaded guilty in the case. According to documents filed with a plea agreement, Dionne admitted that he traveled to North Carolina twice in 2012 to have sexual contact with the child, who was 12 years old.

The case was investigated and prosecuted as part of the Justice Department's "Project Safe Childhood," a program to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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