Opp man pleads guilty to rape of 12 -year old

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OPP, Ala. (WTVY) — An Opp man accused of being part of a prostitution ring has pleaded guilty to rape.

59-year-old Melvin Lawrence was arrested in May 2015.
He was accused of having sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old.

Lawrence was set to stand trial Thursday. A jury was struck in the morning after which Lawrence indicated he wanted to plea.

In addition to rape, Lawrence also pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana.
He was sentenced to 17-years in prison on the rape conviction, and 65-months on the drug charge.