- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Minot man convicted of raping a teenager he befriended on Facebook has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

KXMC-TV (https://bit.ly/1OAfyBO ) reports that Judge Gary Lee on Tuesday imposed the sentence against 25-year-old Corey Costa. A jury in April found Costa guilty of a felony gross sexual imposition charge.

Authorities accuse Costa of befriending the teenager in 2012 when she lived in Canada. Authorities say that when the teenager and her mother moved to Minot, Costa drugged and raped the then 14-year-old girl at his apartment.

Lee also ordered Costa to 10 years of probation and a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender.

Costa’s attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the sentence.

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Information from: KXMC-TV, https://www.kxnet.com

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