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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Investigators in Pender County say an admitted rapist is heading to prison and then back to his home country.

Pender County Sheriff’s Det. John Leatherwood says Nazario Rojas Bautista pleaded guilty today to second degree rape and second degree sexual offense.

Bautista was originally charged and arrested June 6, 2013, for assault on a female. Leatherwood says his investigation led him to charge Bautista three day later with first degree rape, first degree sexual offense, strangulation and assault on a minor.

Bautista, an illegal immigrant, was sentenced to at least 10 years in prison. Before he is released, he will be deported to Mexico.

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