Sheriff Accepts Plea Deal In Teen Rape Case

A former western North Carolina sheriff has pleaded guilty to reduced charges related to sexual incidents 20 years ago with underage girls.

Former Polk County Sheriff Chris Abril accepted a plea deal shortly after his trial began Monday in Waynesville. The Times-News of Hendersonville reported he pleaded guilty to solicitation to take indecent liberties with a minor.

He resigned as sheriff on Sunday.

Abril was charged in 2006 with five counts of statutory rape and one count of sexual offense related to incidents involving a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl. Abril has denied the allegations.

On Monday, an agent with the State Bureau of Investigation testified that a 12-year-old girl told authorities in 1989 that she and Abril had intercourse three times.

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