A Roaring River man was sentenced last week in Wilkes Superior Court on charges related to the molestation of a young girl.

David Eli Glass, 65, of 298 Ivey Lane pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted statutory rape and two counts of attempted sex act with a child.

He was sentenced by Judge Michael Duncan, Wilkes County’s resident Superior Court judge, to a total of not less 10 nor more than 22 years in prison on one set of charges.

On the other two charges, Glass was given a total of 10 to 22 years, suspended under supervised probation. Supervised probation will begin upon his release from prison. Duncan also ordered that Glass register as a sex offender for 30 years after being released.

Glass was charged in July 2017 by Det. Nancy Graybeal of the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office with nine counts of first-degree statutory rape, four counts of rape of a child and nine counts of first-degree sex offense with a child.

The sexual abuse occurred over a six-year period, Capt. Brandon Absher said at the time of the arrest.

Graybeal said the incidents were reported by someone who learned about the situation from the victim.

Prosecuting for the state was Assistant District Attorney Leigh Bricker. Representing Duncan was attorney Jay Vannoy of North Wilkesboro.

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