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Carl Chase, a former Erie County Holding Center guard, was taken there today after a judge ordered him to serve an eight-to-16-year prison term for the rape of his former girlfriend's 8-year-old daughter.

Chase was convicted July 15 of first-degree rape and child endangerment. He continues to maintain his innocence.

Chase, 36, of Riley Street, was taken by some of his former Sheriff's Department colleagues to the holding center after Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio imposed the prison term.

Judge DiTullio told Chase, who quit his part-time jail job shortly before his indictment last year, that she was "disappointed" he has shown no remorse for sexually assaulting the girl in her own bed.

Chase told the judge he was a victim of "injustice."

He accused his ex-girlfriend, who testified against him, of coaching her daughter into falsely claiming he raped her in her mother's Woltz Avenue flat April 25, 1996.

The mother, 36, testified that Chase raped her daughter after he gave her money and sent her to a store to buy alcoholic beverages.

Chase, who didn't testify at the trial, had faced a prison term of up to 25 years. Julian Johnson and Andrew C. LoTempio, his attorneys, said they will appeal.

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