CATAWBACOUNTY, N.C. -- An 18-year-old Hickory man was convicted and sentenced of second degree sex offense and second degree rape Tuesday in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court.

Mikal Jerome Gray was sentenced to a maximum of 74 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction. Authorities say he will serve a minimum of 51 months in prison for his conviction.

The felony convictions for second degree rape and second degree sex offense stem from crimes committed in February 2012 in Hickory.

In addition to his prison sentence, Gray will also be required to register as a sex offender for a period of 30 years upon his release.

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