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    Man sentenced to life in prison for human trafficking of teenage girl

    A 46-year-old man who raped and trafficked a teenage relative will spend the rest of his life in prison for his heinous crimes, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said Wednesday in a strongly worded statement.

    The defendant, Delacy Morris, received concurrent life sentences during a hearing Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court, following his conviction two days earlier on one count of trafficking a person under 18 for sexual servitude and three counts each of rape, incest, and indecent assault and battery, the release said.

    “The terms of this sentence are entirely appropriate to the magnitude of the crimes,” Conley said in the statement. “They represent the very worst kind of betrayal and exploitation. The victim can count on our support moving forward in her life, and every survivor of sexual assault and human trafficking should feel safe coming to us for help.”

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    The DA also called the case “one of the most disturbing cases I’ve encountered in my career as a prosecutor.”

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    Conley’s office said Morris knew the victim had been prostituted in 2016, repeatedly sexually assaulted her that fall, and encouraged her to engage in sexual activity for cash.

    Prosecutors introduced evidence showing Morris, who previously received a 15-year sentence for a 2000 aggravated rape conviction, “attempted to exploit” his relative on backpage.com and “ultimately made her available to other individuals who trafficked her in exchange for a portion of the profits,” the release said.

    Judge Christopher Muse found that Morris qualified for sentencing enhancements as a repeat offender in light of his 2000 conviction, Conley’s office said.

    Muse hit Morris with “concurrent life terms on the trafficking conviction and two of the rape convictions,” the statement said. “He additionally sentenced Morris to a term of 30 to 40 years on the third rape conviction, 20 years on the incest convictions, five years in state prison on two of the indecent assault and battery convictions, and 30 years of probation on the third indecent assault and battery conviction.”

    Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.