A man convicted of sexually abusing a child will spend up to 26 years behind bars.
Brandon Allen, of Highway 55 in New Bern, was sentenced this month to a minimum of 21 years and a maximum of 26 years in prison. A Beaufort County jury convicted Allen of first degree sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child.
Allen was 24 when the crime happened in 2007. The victim was 11.
According to a news release, the mother of the victim saw Allen "engaged in inappropriate contact with the victim at a residence in the Blounts Creek area of Beaufort County. The victim was taken to her father's residence in Craven County." That's where the father reported the crime to authorities and an investigation began.
"Sexual abuse of young children is an unfortunate and troubling reality that exists in Beaufort County," said Thomas Anglim, the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case. "It is through the diligent efforts of Investigator Williams, Detective Penninger and the medical staff at Craven Medical that has allowed these crimes to be investigated and prosecuted."