49-year-old Dennis Wayne Corley of Hiddenite was convicted this week in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court on two counts of felony first-degree sex offense with a child.
Corley was sentenced to no less than 300 months and no more than 420 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction. Upon his release from prison, Corley will be required to register with the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry for the remainder of his life and he’ll be subjected to satellite-based monitoring for the remainder of his life.
The crimes occurred in June 2011 and June 2012 in Catawba County. The victim was under the age of 12.
Investigators Marcella McCombs from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Investigator Bob Benfield from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation, with assistance from the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center of Alexander and Iredell counties. Assistant District Attorney Michael Van Buren prosecuted the case and the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey presided over the conviction.
Corley will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.