A former officer for the state Department of Correction in Vanceboro has been sentenced to 51 years in prison for the rape of a child.
James Long, 41, was convicted for the second time of two counts of first-degree sex offense with a child under 13 and one count of first-degree rape rape of a child under 13.
The New Bern Sun Journal reports Long's first conviction in 2008 was overturned. The child Long was convicted of raping testified about the assaults that lasted from 2000-2002, when the victim was 7 years old.
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