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Hope Mills man accused of raping 5-year-old girl

Posted February 15, 2013 4:42 p.m. EST

— A 77-year-old Hope Mills man was arrested Friday and charged with raping a 5-year-old girl, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Donald Burton Yerry, of 822 Orchard St., is charged with first-degree statutory rape, three counts of first-degree statutory sex offense, crimes against nature and five counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

The alleged crimes began between January and March 2010 and occurred on more than one occasion inside Yerry's home, sheriff's officials said.

He was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $1 million bond and was scheduled to make a first court appearance at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 18, in the detention center courtroom.