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Man pleads guilty to rape of minor

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William Henry Morris, 27 William Henry Morris, 27

A man pleaded guilty Friday to the rape of a child early in 2010, according to the North Carolina District Attorney's Office.

William Henry Morris, 27, pled guilty to two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of indecent liberties with a child in Mecklenburg Superior Court.

The victim was a fifth-grade student in 2010, according to the report.

A school nurse contacted the victim's mother, recommending that the victim see a doctor to address concerns of abdominal pain. The victim then confided to her mother that she'd been raped by Morris in January 2010 and again in March 2010, officials said.

The mother immediately took the victim to the emergency room, where they learned that she was pregnant.

Ultimately, the victim had a miscarriage. She was 11 years old at the time, the District Attorney said.

DNA evidence proved that Morris was the father of the miscarried child.

The case was set to go to trial on Monday, January 14, 2013, but Morris indicated Friday that he wanted to plead guilty. Prosecutors allowed Morris to do so in hopes of preventing the victim from being further traumatized at trial.

Morris was sentenced to 220 to 273 months in prison.

It was also ordered that, following his release from prison, Morris must register as a sex offender and participate in satellite-based monitoring for the rest of his life.

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