Crime

Man gets 35 years for sexual abuse of 3 children over a decade

Richard Keith Stevens
Richard Keith Stevens Burke County District Attorney’s Office

A Burke County man was sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty on Monday to sex acts against three children over a decade.

The children were 5 to 7 years old when Richard Keith Stevens, 35, of Connelly Springs began sexually abusing them in 2005, prosecutors said. Stevens engaged in sex acts with the victims and often recorded the encounters, the Burke County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

The abuse continued until all three came forward and disclosed the offenses in November 2014. Two girls and a boy were assaulted.

Stevens was sentenced after pleading guilty to four counts of statutory sex offense and one count of statutory rape.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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