Columbia man sentenced for child rape and assault

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COLUMBIA, Ky. (WTVQ) – An Adair County man will be spending more than 23 years behind bars after pleading guilty to the rape and sexual assault of a child.

Kentucky State Police say 36-year-old Joshua Gayde, of Columbia, entered a guilty plea to nine charges involving sex crimes against a child under the age of 12. They say the crimes occurred in June 2019.

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Gayde was sentenced to 23 1/2 years after entering the guilty plea. Gayde will be required to register as a lifetime sex offender on the Kentucky State Sex Offender Registry after his release.