District court

Christopher Kern, 47, of Chapman entered pleas of guilty in Dickinson County District Court to fondling and rape of a 7-year-old.

The incidents occurred on Aug. 11 and 17 in Chapman.

Seven other charges were dropped in a plea agreement which did not contain a sentencing agreement.

District Judge Benjamin Sexton set 1:30 p.m. Jan. 6 for sentencing.

The first count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child carries a sentencing range of imprisonment for life with a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of not less than 25 years.

The rape count has a sentencing range of 147 to 165 months minimum and 592 to 653 months maximum.

Sexton said those two sentences could run consecutively or concurrently.

Five counts of sexual exploitation of a child, a second rape count and two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy were dismissed.

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Contact Tim Horan at editor@abilene-rc.com.

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