MEMPHIS (AP) - A Tennessee preacher has been convicted of the aggravated rape of a 12-year-old in 1983.

News outlets report a 2018 recorded phone call in which 68-year-old Rufus Stevens Jr. admitted to his victim that he repeatedly raped her help prosecutors secure his conviction. A district attorney's statement says Stevens now faces up to life in prison at his Feb. 7 sentencing in what is the oldest rape case prosecuted by the office.

Testimony says Stevens assaulted the girl multiple times in 1983, usually in his car at a park. The statement says the girl's grandmother once caught him molesting the girl at her home.

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