A Hickory man was convicted and sentenced on child sex offense charges in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court.
After a four-day trial, the jury found 39-year-old Paul Steven Harper guilty of two counts felony statutory sex offense of a 13, 14, or 15 year old, and five counts of felony attempted statutory rape of a 13,14, or 15 year old.
Officials say the crime occurred between June 2011 and January 2012 in Hickory.
Harper was sentenced to serve between 313 and 390 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Upon his release, Harper will be required to register with the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry for a period of 30 years.
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