Abril gets four months house arrest, three years supervised probation

Published 11:21 am Monday, November 17, 2008

The case was prosecuted by the Special Prosecution Division of the N.C. Attorney General&39;s Office following an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation.Abril was charged with five counts of statutory rape and one count of sexual offense on a child for alleged incidents that occurred with a 10 and 11 year old girl approximately 20 years ago. Abril was arrested on August 28, 2006 and indicted in Polk County court shortly after he filed to run for sheriff. He subsequently won the election agent then incumbent sheriff David Satterfield.&bsp; Abril had proclaimed his innocence since the charges were issued.Abril faced up to six years in prison on the counts of solicitation to take indecent liberties with a child. Judge Guice announced the sentence Monday afternoon following a sentencing hearing in which both sides presented evidence. Following the sentence, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper issued the following statement: &uot;Law enforcement officers must be above reproach, but they are not above the law. Our prosecutors and investigators have worked hard to seek justice in this case. We hope that the people of Polk County can now put these events behind them and have the good law enforcement they deserve.&uot;&bsp;&bsp;&bsp;

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