A Fort Wayne man was sentenced today to 40 years in prison for raping a disabled woman.
Jared L. Haynes, 48, denied the charges and said he would appeal the conviction. He also told Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull the victim and her family lied.
"It is astonishing to me that you accuse these folks of lying to you," Gull told Haynes.
A jury found Haynes guilty last month of two counts of rape. He was accused of raping a woman who has the mental capacity of a kindergartner in April.
"No one ever dreamed you would hurt her," the woman's guardian testified today, looking at Haynes. "You turned her whole world upside down in just a few hours."
The Journal Gazette is not naming the guardian to conceal the victim's identity. The newspaper does not name victims of sex crimes without their permission.
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