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Man accused of rape gets lesser charges

Posted: Updated: May 22, 2013 11:34 AM

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A 37-year-old Lake Charles man accused of raping two young girls has been found guilty of a lesser charge.

Late Tuesday, state District Judge Wilford Carter found Ashanti Okung Kelley guilty of molestation of a juvenile.

Kelley was charged with three counts of aggravated rape and two counts of oral sexual battery.

He was accused of raping and molesting two of his girlfriend's young daughters in late 2012.

Kelley is to be sentenced July 10.

Carter said the testimony of the two girls, now 12 and 10, was insufficient and corroborating evidence was lacking to convict him of the full charges.

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