Conover man sentenced to at least 24 years for child sex offenses

- A Conover man will spend at least 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple sexual offenses involving a minor female child, according to the Catawba County District Attorney. 

Joshua Lee Lipford, 27, was given an active prison term of 24 to 39 years following his guilty plea in Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, June 27.

Authorities said Lipford will also be required to register as a sex offender and enroll in satellite-based monitoring for life.

In addition, he agreed to cooperate with law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office in prosecution of two co-defendants involved in the case. One other co-defendant already entered a guilty plea for involvement with the case.

The co-defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Lipford pleaded guilty to four counts of statutory sex offense with a victim 13, 14 or 15 years old by a defendant at least 6 years older and three counts of statutory rape of a victim 13, 14 or 15 years old by a defendant at least 6 years older.


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