LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. A Lincoln County man has been convicted of and sentenced after he assaulted a young girl.

The sexual assault happened in January of 2012. A Superior Court jury sentenced Eddy Heavner, 35, to the minimum of 180 months in prison.

Heavner is convicted of statutory rape, sexual offense, and taking indecent liberties with a minor.

He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on Friday then transported to

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