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Phenix City man gets 10 years for rape, sodomy

James Boyd Harris initially told the judge in February the sexual encounter he had with a 15-year-old girl wasn't his fault.

The 51-year-old Phenix City man ultimately admitted his guilt and was sentenced Wednesday in Russell County Circuit Court to 10 years in prison for the first-degree sodomy and second-degree rape of a girl in the 90s — the latter of which produced a child now almost a teenager.

"This is a guy who not only molested (the girl), he got her pregnant," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Buster Landreau. "He has a child by her, which makes it kind of hard to say, 'I didn't do it.' "

The Phenix City man used drugs at the time, and awoke one day in 1994 with the girl performing a sex act on him, Harris said in February. The rape happened four years later.

The victim didn't tell authorities about the sexual contact until her and Harris' child neared the age she was when that first abuse began, Landreau said. Worried their child might also be abused, she told authorities and Harris was arrested in July 2007.

"I think justice has been done," Landreau said.

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