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Jefferson man guilty in rape case

A Jefferson man was found guilty on two rape charges Friday.

Yahudah Israel, 51, of Demopolis, was arrested in November 2010 following a grand jury indictment on charges of Rape First Degree and Rape Second Degree.

A male commits the crime of rape in the first degree if: 1. He engages in sexual intercourse with a female by forcible compulsion; or 2. He engages in sexual intercourse with a female who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated; or 3. He, being 16 years or older, engages in sexual intercourse with a female who is less than 12 years old.

Rape in the first degree is a Class A felony.

A male commits the crime of rape in the second degree if:

1. Being 16 years old or older, he engages in sexual intercourse with a female less than 16 and more than 12 years old; provided, however, the actor is at least two years older than the female. 2. He engages in sexual intercourse with a female who is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally defective.

Rape in the second degree is a Class B felony.

Israel, who served as a minister of an independent church in Jefferson, remains in the Marengo County jail pending a $25,000 bond on each count.

Demopolis police chief Tommie Reese said the arrest was the culmination of nearly a year-long investigation by the department.

The victim’s name was not released due to her age and the newspaper’s policy of not reporting the names of the victims of sex crimes.