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Winston-Salem man who had sexual contact with child sentenced to at least 105 years in prison

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Gabriel Lynn Burns

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man who was found guilty of having sexual contact with a child has been sentenced to at least 105 years in prison, according to Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill.

Gabriel Lynn Burns, 45, was found guilty of four counts of statutory sex offense on a child by an adult and 16 counts of indecent liberties with a child on Friday.

Winston-Salem police began investigating Burns on March 9, 2017, after a report that he had sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl, according to a news release from Winston-Salem police.

An investigation revealed that Burns had multiple incidents of sexual contact with the child as early as November 2016.

Burns was arrested and charged on June 15, 2017.

At the sentencing Friday, a judge sentenced Burns to a minimum of 105 years in prison.

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