Man gets decades in prison for sexually abusing child multiple times

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Rockford man is sentenced to 35 years in prison for sexually abusing a child several times in Winnebago County.

Ryan Rice, 35, pleaded guilty to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, one count of aggravated child pornography and one count ofchild pornography in June 2017.

The abuse happened multiple times in a home between Dec. 2013 and June 2014 after an investigation of Rice's phone revealed lewd photos of the minor victim.

Judge Brendan Maher handed down a 35 year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of supervised release. Rice will have to register as a sex offender for life.