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Man Pleads Guilty To 1987 Rape Of 8-Year-Old Girl

Man Pleads Guilty To 1987 Rape Of 8-Year-Old Girl

CREATED Feb 7, 2014

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – A man has pleaded guilty in a nearly 30 year old cold case in Hendersonville.

During a settlement hearing on Thursday, 45-year old Charles Scott Settle pleaded guilty to aggravated rape and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Hendersonville Police said Settle was 19 years old when he lured an 8-year-old girl into an area hidden by bushes, and assaulted her on August 25, 1987.

After reopening the case in January 2013, Hendersonville Police said advances in DNA technology helped lead to Settle's arrest in August.

The victim was allowed to give a statement during the hearing Thursday describing the impact the crime had on her for the past 26 years.

Settle was already incarcerated at the Wilson County jail at the time of his indictment in August. Once he is released from prison, he must register as a sex offender.