A Maiden woman was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a toddler in 2018.

Ashely Nichole Lattimore, 27, or Koliha Lane in Maiden, pleaded guilty on Friday to first degree statutory sex offense and felony child abuse involving a sexual act, according to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The sexual assault was reported in September.

Superior Court Judge Casey Viser heard the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lydia Hoza.

Viser sentenced Lattimore to a minimum of 240 months and a maximum of 348 months in the North Carolina prison system, which will be followed by 30 months of supervised probation when she is released from prison. Lattimore must also register as a sex offender for the remainder of her life. A permanent no-contact order has been put into place preventing Lattimore from ever having contact with the victim.

On Jan. 9, Douglas Glenn Queen Jr., 29, also of Koliha Lane, appeared in Lincoln County Superior Court on charges of first degree statutory sex offense, indecent liberties with a child and felony child abuse in the case. He entered a plea of guilty to all charges and Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Forrest D. Bridges sentenced Queen to a minimum of 276 months to a maximum of 392 months in the North Carolina Prison System. When he is released from prison, Queen will receive 30 months of supervised probation. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and be subject to satellite monitoring.

Sheriff’s Office Detective Kelsey Harrington said the victim in the case was between the ages of 1 and 3 years old at the time of the offenseand is related to Lattimore and Queen.

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