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A Clinton man was convicted by an Anderson County jury on Wednesday on one of the three counts of child rape against him.
Michael David Hernandez, 44, was taken into custody, where he will remain until his sentencing on June 10 in Anderson County Criminal Court.
The trial lasted two days, and the jury deliberated for several hours before returning its verdicts against Hernandez shortly before 8 p.m. He was found guilty of one charge and acquitted on two other child rape charges.
He was arrested in October of 2009 and accused of raping the then-nine-year-old girl in March of that year. The girl, now 13, and Hernandez each testified during the trial, and District Attorney General Dave Clark called it “humbling to witness the bravery of the young victim who got on the witness stand in front of the perpetrator and described the details of what happened to her.” Clark also thanked Assistant DA Victoria Bannach and Assistant Clinton Police Chief Vaughn Becker, the lead investigator, as well as the judge and jury for their work on the case.
Child rape is a Class A felony and carries a sentence of between 15 to 60 years behind bars. Hernandez is being held at the Anderson County Jail.
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