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Union Co. man found guilty in 2001 rape of 12-year-old

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UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A North Carolina man has been sentenced to time in prison for the rape of a seventh-grade girl that took place more than twelve years ago.

According to officials, 32-year-old Herbert John Robinson, Jr., was found guilty of first-degree forcible rape of a child Tuesday in a Union County court.

The incident took place in September of 2001 when a girl, then 12 years old, was walking home from school in Indian Trail. Investigators said Robinson and the child did not know one another.

Due to the random nature of the crime, officials said, the investigation went cold until 2010 when DNA evidence connected Robinson to the case. Robinson's DNA profile was indexed following a previous conviction for second-degree rape.

Robinson will serve no less than 380 and no more than 468 months in the North Carolina Department of corrections, and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

"I would like to commend the hard work of Assistant District Attorney Kerri Fredheim that resulted in this conviction and the courage of the victim to testify after 12 years," said District Attorney Trey Robinson.

He added, "I am grateful as well for the hard work of the Union County Sheriff's Office, especially Lieutenant Brian Helms and Sergeant Andy Mullis, which allowed us to get this predator off our streets. Our office remains united with our law enforcement agencies in the pursuit of justice for all of the crime victims in our county."

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