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Evidence presented in sexual abuse trial

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013, at 4:38 p.m.

A Sedgwick County jury began hearing evidence Tuesday in the trial of a Wichita man accused of sexually abusing a girl throughout her adolescence.

Prosecutors said Michael Rae, 38, was arrested after the girl’s mother found two video cards containing photographs and videos of some of the encounters.

The mother, who was the state’s first witness, said she confronted her daughter immediately after finding the video cards last summer.

“I asked her, ‘How long has he been doing this?’ ” the mother testified. “She said, ‘Forever.’ ”

Rae is charged with four counts of rape, two counts aggravated criminal sodomy, two counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Under Jessica’s Law, he faces a mandatory life prison sentence if convicted of all the charges.

Prosecutor Justin Edwards told the jury in his opening statement that the abuse began when the girl was 7 and continued until she was 16. He said the abuse progressed from fondling to intercourse, and eventually to photographing and making videos of the sexual encounters.

“She’ll tell you it happened as often as he wanted it to happen – three, four, five times a week,” Edwards said.

The trial is being held in the courtroom of District Judge Joe Kisner.

Reach Hurst Laviana at 316-268-6499 or hlaviana@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @hlaviana.

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