BOLIVIA—A Southport man pleaded guilty to statutory rape in Brunswick County Superior Court last week.
According to a press release from District Attorney Jon David’s office, Joshua Benjamin Higgins, 22, of 536 Green Moss Road, Southport, pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape Sept. 14.
The incidents occurred in 2009 with a then-13-year-old girl.
Assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart said Higgins and the victim knew one another from a church youth group. Higgins confessed to having sex with the victim, Everhart said.