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Man found guilty of rape of a child, 6 other charges

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Max Tracy Earls, 49 Max Tracy Earls, 49
CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A Conover man was convicted on seven charges involving sexual offenses against a child stemming from a 2010 incident, according to a release from the District Attorney's Office.

Max Tracy Earls, 49, was convicted of felony first degree rape of a child, felony statutory rape, and five other related felony child sexual offenses after a three day trial in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court this week.

 The jury deliberated for approximately two and a half hours prior to returning the verdicts of guilty as charged. Earls was sentenced to no less than 540 months and no more than 666 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The offenses occurred in June and November of 2010 in Catawba County, officials said.

"This is a significant victory for the people of Catawba County. I would like to thank Sheriff Coy Reid, the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, the staff of the Children's Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County and the Catawba County Department of Social Services for their collective work in this investigation. The 666 month sentenced handed down by Judge Boner is exactly what this defendant deserves," District Attorney James C. Gaither, Jr. said, adding, "Max Earls will spend the rest of his life in prison."

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