NC teen sentenced to 12 years for sex crimes against autistic boy

Brandon Sprouse (Source: Catawba County Justice Center)

MORGANTON, N.C. (WBTV) – A Burke County teen was sentenced to at least 12 years in prison for sex crimes against a 12-year-old autistic boy.

Caldwell County court officials say Brandon Lee Sprouse, 19 of Morganton, “inappropriately touched the 12-year-old male victim, who has a moderate form of autism, and had the boy perform sexual acts on him,” in March 2015.

Sprouse pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree sex offense and taking indecent liberties with a child.

Friday, Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Kuehnert sentenced Sprouse to 12 to 19 years at the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

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