Man sentenced to prison for raping girl in Lincoln church

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- A Valparaiso man has been sentenced to 35 to 45 years in prison for raping a 10-year-old girl in a Lincoln church.

Christian Hughes was arrested for first degree sexual assault of a child. He pleaded no contest and was found guilty of a reduced charge of attempt of a class 1/1A/1B/1C/1D felony.

Hughes turned himself into police on January 17, 2017.

According to court documents, the 10 year old victim reported she was raped by a man in a bathroom at Calvary Community Church on October 23, 2016. The victim first reported the sexual assault on December 28, 2016.

Court documents reveal when Hughes was interviewed by investigators on January 10, he admitted to having sexual contact with the girl. Hughes told investigators he knew what he was doing was wrong when he realized how young the girl was.