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Caldwell man convicted of having sex with youth

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- CALDWELL COUNTY DETENTION CENTER
Phillip Matthew Bright, 40, of Granite Falls, was sentenced Monday to more than 38 years in prison, after pleading guilty to three counts of statutory rape, prosecutors said.

A Caldwell County man could spend most or all of the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of statutory rape of a 13-, 14- and 15-year-old, prosecutors say.

Phillip Matthew Bright, 40, of Granite Falls, was arrested last December and initially charged with three counts of incest with a child. Prosecutors said the crimes took place between 2011 and 2013.

Bright was sentenced by Judge Robert Sumner in Caldwell County Superior Court to between 38 years, 3 months and 51 years, 9 months in prison. In addition, he will be subject to satellite-based monitoring if he is released from prison, and he was ordered to register as a sex offender.

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