A Charlotte man will spend at least 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday in connection with the rape of a first grader.

William Parker, 23, was arrested last October after authorities say the victim told a friend about the sexual abuse. Parker admitted to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police that he d engaged in sex acts with the child, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney s Office said Friday.

Records show Parker originally faced multiple charges, including rape and taking indecent liberties with a child.

On Friday, Parker pleaded guilty to first-degree rape, and was sentenced to 20-24 3/4 years in prison, prosecutors said. He ll also have to register as a sex offender after his release, and will be required to undergo satellite-based monitoring the rest of his life, according to a news release.

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