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Man draws longer-than-life sentence for decade of molestation

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at 6:25 p.m.

A man who molested a Wichita girl for nearly a decade throughout her adolescence was sentenced Friday to serve a minimum of nearly 80 years in prison.

Michael Rae, 38, will have to serve 51 1/2 years of a life sentence before becoming eligible for parole on a charge of raping a girl under the age of 14. If he is ever paroled on that charge, he will have to serve 27 1/2 more years for other crimes committed against the girl.

Testimony at his trial in September showed Rae began molesting the girl when she was 7 and continued until he was arrested in 2012 when the girl was 16. Rae was arrested after the girl’s mother found two video cards containing photographs and videos of some of the encounters between Rae and her daughter.

Prosecutor Justin Edwards read a letter from the girl at the sentencing hearing.

“You have ruined my childhood,” the letter said. “Everything you did to me I absolutely hated. All I wanted was for you to stop. Every minute was a living hell. I thought I would never get out.

“Ever since I was a little girl, this has been my life. … I went to school wondering if any other girls went through what I went through.”

Edwards then asked District Judge Joe Kisner to impose the longest sentence allowable by Kansas law.

“We have a young girl placed in continual longstanding victimization by a man of sufficient trust that he was allowed to continue in that relationship,” he said. “I can’t think of a person more deserving of the ultimate sentence. The defendant has earned every bit of that sentence.”

When given a chance to speak, Rae apologized for his “relationship” with the girl but added bitterly that he would be “sorry for the rest of my life” for knowing the girl’s family.

Kisner said he received several letters from people urging him to have compassion for Rae.

“I must tell you, Mr. Rae, I am incapable of that in this case,” he said.

“Your statements here today … indicate to this court that you are either lying to me or you do not have any real concept of what you did to this young lady.”

He then accepted Edwards’ recommendation and imposed the maximum sentence allowed under law.

“I honestly believe that Mr. Rae is a very dangerous man,” he said.

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

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