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Guilty plea for child sex abuse charges; case among 'most egregious' in Grand Forks County

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A Grand Forks man pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing a girl for six years, beginning when she was 6.

Matthew Lyons is facing up to life in prison on the Class AA felony count of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Lyons, 36 at the time of his arrest, rejected an offer from prosecutors of life in prison and instead entered an "open plea," of guilty, leaving his sentence up to state District Judge Sonja Clapp.

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