BUNCOMBE COUNTY, NC (WSPA) – The Buncombe County District Attorney said an Asheville man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a statutory sex offense in Buncombe County Superior Court last week.
According to a news release from the district attorney, Ricky Lee Harris, 38, pled guilty to statutory sexual offense with a minor, and a judge sentenced him to 124 to 209 months in prison.
The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office started an investigation after receiving a report that Harris and another person reportedly gave methamphetamine to a 14-year-old girl in May 2016, and also sexually assaulted her.
Harris later confessed to engaging in a sexual act with the girl.
Harris was charged with one felony count of statutory sex offense with a child less than 15 years old and one felony count of selling or delivering a controlled substance to a minor between the ages of 13 and 16.
A drug offense charge was reportedly dismissed after Harris entered a guilty plea in the sexual offense charge.
The judge ordered Harris to register as a sex offender for a term of 30 years.