Man sentenced in child rape case after no-contest plea

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A North Carolina man accused of raping a child in York County will serve a minimum of nine years in prison.

Bruce Wayne Brown Jr.

Bruce Wayne Brown Jr., 35, of Marion, North Carolina, pleaded no contest last year to one count of child rape, a first-degree felony, in the York County Court of Common Pleas. Two other felonies, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and corrupting a minor, were dismissed.

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On Tuesday, Judge Harry Ness sentenced Brown to serve between nine and 18 years in prison, with credit for the nearly two years he's already served. He will also have to complete sex offender treatment and register as a sexually violent predator under Megan's Law.

Brown was accused of raping a child younger than 13 between May 2008 and December 2014.

"He forced (the child) to have sexual intercourse with him," York County senior deputy prosecutor Kara Bowser said at a hearing last year. "It was going on for as long as (the child) could remember."

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