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Crime: Sex Offender Takes Open Plea in Brunswick County

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Hunter Joseph Lent, entered into an open plea earlier Monday afternoon to eleven (11) different sexual charges including: two counts of first degree statutory rape, two counts of first degree statutory sexual offense, incest, one count of second degree forcible rape, two counts of second degree forcible sexual offense, and three counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to Ashley N. Bullard, Executive Assistant to District Attorney Jon David.

Lead Detectives Philip Horne and Shannon Mylod of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation which was initially investigated back in 2018. Lieutenant Dave Crocker also assisted in securing critical evidence which led to Hunter’s conviction. The Court conducted a sentencing hearing whereby both parties presented evidence and the Court sentenced Hunter Lent to 192-291 months in the Department of Adult Corrections.

Lent is also required to register as a sex offender for a period of 30 years. Hunter Lent’s co-defendant and older brother, Sean Michael Lent was sentenced to 554 months after a two-week trial back in January.

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