A man charged with raping an eight-year-old girl more than 20 years ago in Hendersonville pleaded guilty to the crime Thursday.
According to police, Charles Settle lured the girl into an area that was concealed by brush where he raped her on August 25, 1987. Settle was 19 years old at the time of the crime.
Settle has one week left of an 11 month, 29 day sentence for domestic assault in Wilson County.
He was charged with the rape last summer and transported to Sumner County jail.
He pleaded guilty Thursday and was sentenced to 23 years. He will have to serve 40% of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.