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Alabama jury convicts 60-year-old of child rape

EVERGREEN (AP) — A 60-year-old man has been convicted of child rape and sodomy in a South Alabama case that began on a tip last year to authorities by an alert Georgia woman.

Jack Wiley was convicted by jurors Wednesday morning in the sexual abuse of his wife's 3-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son. Sentencing is set for Dec. 14. Wiley faces up to life in prison.

The 3-year-old girl's foster mother broke down in tears when the jury read its verdict after about two hours in deliberation.

Authorities arrested the couple after Tracie Lee Dean of Atlanta reported her concerns about the little girl she had seen at a convenience store off Interstate 65 in rural Conecuh County on Jan. 19, 2006. Initially rebuffed, she persisted until arrests were made a few days later.

Dean said the girl's eyes haunted her and that the man with the child, later identified as Wiley, seemed threatening.

On Tuesday, a pediatrician, Dr. Marsha Raulerson, testified that she examined the girl and the teenager after the arrests of Wiley and his wife and found evidence consistent with the child being raped.

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