Hickory native James Allen Minyard, 47, was found guilty of a host of sexual charges. He was convicted of 5 counts of indecent liberties with a child and felony attempted first degree sex offense with a child under age 13. In addition to those charges, Minyard was designated a habitual felon.
He was arrested by Burke County sheriffs in 2009 after reports that a child in his care was being assaulted sexually by Minyard. The victim is Minyard's ex-girlfriend's son, according to the Hickory Daily Record. Police say the abuse took place several times from March to August of 2009.
Minyard received a sentence of 225-279 months in prison and has denied his guilt.