Man sentenced to 30 years for child rape

POSTED: 11:19 AM Feb 22 2013   UPDATED: 11:32 AM Feb 22 2013
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. -

A Jonesborough man will spend 30 years in prison after being convicted of raping a child.

Washington County, Tennessee prosecutors say 30-year-old Josh Theall was convicted of five counts of rape of a child.

He entered a best interest plea in Washington County Criminal Court which means he didn't admit guilt but agrees prosecutors have sufficient evidence for a jury to convict him.

Investigators say the child had been raped at least eight times.

Rape of a child requires a defendant must serve 100 percent of the sentence before being released.

After he is released, Theall will be placed on the sex offender registry and be supervised for life.