A Knoxville man will serve five years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to the attempted rape of a Blount County child.

Norman Phillip Haun, 35, also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for serving the child vodka before the attack.

Haun, 35, was arrested April 28, 2018, after a family member told investigators Haun had gotten her child, who was 13, drunk, then assaulted her in her sleep.

He was indicted on Feb. 18 on rape charges but prosecutors required him to plead as a Range III offender in exchange for the lesser charge, Blount County Assistant District Attorney Ashley Salem told the court.

The classification normally applies to those with five or more prior convictions, but added several extra years to the maximum sentencing guidelines.

He will receive credit for time served in the Blount County jail since his arrest.

Haun also must serve at least 45% of the time before becoming eligible for parole, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be automatically released then, Judge David Duggan said.

Duggan also said Haun must register as a sex offender and can’t have any contact with the girl or her family.

The girl cried as her mother read a blunt victim impact statement describing the damage Haun has caused.

“She was a happy social butterfly who was full of life,” before the life she knew was stopped, the mother said. “Her life is now stripped of happiness, and her feeling of security and safety is now gone. It was replaced by PTSD, suicidal thoughts, nightmares and a new phobia of not trusting anyone, and everyone, for fear they are all out to hurt her.”

Her family also has suffered tremendous emotional and financial damage along with her, the mother continued.

They have had to seek counseling with her and eventually moved from their home, which was almost paid off, after staying in local hotels.

“The damage has reached beyond one victim in any one category,” she concluded.

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