Hutchinson man pleads guilty to raping 12-year-old

William Howard Diggs III

HUTCHINSON, Kansas (AP) — A 33-year-old Hutchinson man admits that he raped a 12-year-old child.

William Howard Diggs III pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping the child in a plea deal that could result in a lesser sentence.

Diggs was arrested in May on suspicion of rape and indecent liberties with a child, which both could bring life sentences without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

Under the plea deal, Diggs is expected to be sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison, although the judge is not obligated to agree to the deal when Diggs is sentenced Sept. 27.

Prosecutors say the child was raped in February or March of 2013 at a Hutchinson home after the victim’s parents invited Diggs to the home. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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