A former foster father from Hooper has been sentenced to nearly 100 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child in his home.
49-year-old Michael Rice had initially pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea to no contest in exchange for prosecutors dropping nine other sex-related charges.
An investigation of Rice began in 2013, after allegations arose that he assaulting a young girl. Prosecutors contend the assaults began in 1998. Rice and his former wife cared for a number of foster children in their home. No charges have been filed against his former wife.
Prosecutor Oliver Glass read statements from the victims, including one in which the victim stated, “The damage caused is immeasurable.” A victim said, “He ruined my life.”
Connie Green, KHUB, contributed to this story.