Man found guilty of child rape in Sullivan County

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A man accused of child rape was found guilty in Sullivan County court Tuesday.

Wayne Yelton, 68, was convicted of three counts of aggravated sexual battery, rape of a child, attempt to commit incest, and incest.

Officers responded to a call in July 2015 in reference to Yelton threatening to commit suicide. Witnesses said he had inappropriate relations with a child under the age of 13, and was attempting to kill himself after being caught in the act.

Yelton is scheduled to be sentenced on January 19 in Blountville.

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