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Man sentenced in rape of 10-year-old girl in Antelope Valley movie theater

April 20, 2010 |  2:54 pm

A 35-year-old Palmdale man who raped a 10-year-old girl in a vacant Antelope Valley movie theater was sentenced Tuesday to 63 years to life in prison, according to the L.A. County District Attorney's office.

Marque Clark will not be eligible for parole until he is almost 89 years old, according to the sentence handed down by Superior Court Judge Lisa Chung, prosecutors said.

Clark forced the girl into the back of an empty movie theater in the Antelope Valley Mall on Aug. 29, 2006, and raped and sodomized her, prosecutors said.

He was arrested three weeks later after L.A. County sheriff’s detectives found the girl’s cellphone hidden behind bushes at Clark’s home.

Clark was convicted last month of forcible rape, kidnapping to commit another crime, aggravated sexual assault; sodomy of a person under the age of 14, forcible lewd acts on a child and aggravated sexual assault. His conviction included the special allegations of aggravated circumstances, prosecutors said.

-- Ann M. Simmons