On Monday, Alberto Lucero, 45, pleaded guilty in New Hanover County Superior Court to one count each of the rape of a child and taking indecent liberties with a child.
He was originally charged with multiple counts of child sexual assault, but those were dropped in exchange for his guilty pleas.
Not only did DNA evidence tie Lucero to the crimes, but he also admitted to detectives that he sexually assaulted the victim multiple times.The girl was raped repeatedly over a period of several years, according to investigators.
Lucero was sentenced to between 41 to 59 years in prison.
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