A Graham man found guilty of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child was sentenced to life in prison along with a fine of $10,000 for each conviction.
In June, a jury found Charles Edward Pair, 27, guilty of raping his stepdaughter 5 years ago. At the time, the girl was 11.
The now-16-year-old victim testified in the punishment phase, stating she was forever changed by Pair's actions.
She said she suffers from depression, anxiety, abandonment issues and is taking medication for those issues. She fears being left alone, and her relationships with friends and family have deteriorated due to her anger and lashing out. She said she has also attempted suicide and was institutionalized for two weeks as a result.
"This will never go away," she said. "This will always be there, and this will always affect me."
Her mother and brother-in-law also testified that the victim is forever changed and Pair should be given the maximum sentence as a result.
"No matter what the court could give him, it wouldn't be enough," the victim's brother-in-law said. "Give him the max. He doesn't deserve to get out and be able to do this to another child."
Pair's mother and stepfather, Maria and Ben Hardy testified that he was a good person and there was no way he could have committed rape.
Defense attorney David Stiller asked the judge to consider a lenient sentence of 5 to 15 years, based on the circumstances.
"There was no evidence (to convict) except for what Jennifer testified to without anything to support her contentions," Stiller said. "I ask that the circumstances require giving minimum punishment."
District Judge Stephen Bristow showed some mercy in the sentencing by allowing the life sentences to run concurrently rather than stacked.