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Jun 10, 2014 8:17 AM by AP

Appeals court upholds rape sentence for club owner

A state appeals court has affirmed the conviction and 25-year prison term of a former Baton Rouge club owner in the rape of an intoxicated 18-year-old woman at a now-defunct club in 2009.

The Advocate reports 52-year-old Leonard Ray Douglas was found guilty in 2012 of simple rape and given the maximum sentence in June 2013 by state District Judge Mike Erwin.

The rape occurred in a private room at the House of Blues Club on Airline Highway, which is now closed.

Erwin concluded the victim was so inebriated she could not stop what has happening to her on July 29, 2009.

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeal issued its ruling Monday.

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