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CHALMETTE, La. A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of raping a juvenile girl in 1998.

According to Sheriff's Office spokesman Steve Cannizaro, John Jason Wallace, was arrested in 2010 after the victim said he tried to contact her on her social network site.

The victim told St. Bernard deputies in 2009 that she was sexually abused by Wallace several times in 1998, when she was 10 years old. She said Wallace had recently tried to re-connect with her.

Wallace was arrested in Shreveport in January 2010 on charges of obscenity and trespassing that were unrelated to the St. Bernard parish investigation. He was held on the arrest warrant from St. Bernard Parish alleging aggravated rape and was transferred for prosecution in St. Bernard in September 2010.

Wallace has been held in St. Bernard Parish Prison since he was transferred to the parish for prosecution in 2010.

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