Covington woman sentenced to life for raping child over several years

Covington woman sentenced to life for raping child over several years
Sandra Gaines has been sentenced to life in prison. (Source: DA Warren Montgomery's Office)

COVINGTON, La. (WVUE) - A Covington woman was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after repeatedly raping a child under 13, according the district attorney of St. Tammany and Washington parishes.

Sandra Gaines, 39, was convicted in March of raping the child with another adult over several years.

Gaines’ longtime boyfriend, Robert Cardell Flowers, 32, also of Covington, had been convicted by a St. Tammany Parish jury on the same charges in June 2015, and he also is serving a life sentence.

The victim, now 18, testified during Gaines’ trial that Gaines and Flowers began touching her sexually when she was about five years old and that the abuse progressed and continued for several years through 2012.

The victim testified that she was repeatedly raped during that time.

Gaines will serve a life sentence for each of two counts of aggravated rape and 25 years for each of three counts of sexual battery of a child under 13. The sentences will be served at the same time.

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