55 year old Joseph Francis Sexton of Olin entered a plea of guilty to first degree sex offense. The victim according to court records was 5 years old. As part of the guilty plea charges of indecent liberties with a child and an additional two charges of first degree sex offense were dismissed by the judge.
Sexton will serve between 18 and 22 years in the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Sexton was given credit for the 412 days he served in the Iredell County Detention Center.