A 21-year-old Lima man could face up to life in prison for allegedly having sexual contact with a 9-year-old boy.

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Avery Ward was arraigned Friday on single counts of rape and felonious assault. The rape charge is a first-degree felony and, with the age of the victim, the maximum sentence could be life behind bars.

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Ward was indicted by the Allen County Grand Jury for felonious assault because he was infected with a sexually transmitted disease when the alleged offense occurred with the young boy. Ward will have his first pre-trial in his case next week in Allen County Common Pleas Court.

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