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Illegal immigrant pleads guilty to raping 6-year-old girl

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- An illegal immigrant has pleaded guilty to raping a six-year-old Shallotte girl in 2010. Luis Arturo Sanchez, 23, entered a guilty plea this afternoon in Brunswick County Superior Court to first degree rape.

Prosecutors say at the time of the crime, Sanchez was in the United States illegally. Assistant District Attorney Meredith Everhart said in court during the plea that Sanchez had confessed to engaging in intercourse with the child on one occasion and to attempting sexual intercourse with her on at least two other occasions.

Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Sanchez to 12 to 15 years in prison. Sanchez will also be required to complete sex offender treatment in prison, register as a sex offender and be subject to GPS satellite monitoring for the rest of his natural life.

As a result of his status as an illegal alien, the United States Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has placed an immigration detainer on Sanchez, which requires his deportation from the United States, but that will only occur after he has served his entire active prison sentence in the United States.

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