Man convicted of sex offenses

A Conover man was convicted Tuesday of three felony sex offenses.
A jury in Catawba County Superior Criminal Court convicted David Gene Carle, 49, with felony first-degree statutory sexual offense and two counts of felony indecent liberties with a child.
Carle was sentenced to at least 192 months and no more than 240 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Jury selection for Carle’s trial started Aug. 31, and the jury returned their verdict Tuesday after 20 minutes of deliberation.
Carle was indicted April 20, 2009, on two counts of indecent liberties with a child and first-degree statutory rape with a 13-, 14-, or 15-year-old child.
Carle knew the victim, but the child wasn’t a relative. The offenses occurred in November 2008.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident. Dawn Tutterow, assistant district attorney, prosecuted the case, and Judge Edgar B. Gregory presided over the trial.
Carle, who was represented by Johnny Hayes, will be transported to Central Prison in Raleigh for processing.