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      Williams County man guilty of raping three children over 11-year period

      Bignell faces up to 30 years in prison.

      A man was found guilty of raping three children for more than a decade in court Tuesday.Daniel Bignell, 40, made an Alford plea to three counts of rape in Williams County Common Pleas Court.Bignell, who was indicted on these charges in September, accepted a plea during his jury trial Monday. Judge J.T. Stelzer found him guilty of the charges.Williams County Sheriff's Office had been investigating three children raped between 2001 and 2010 when they were younger than 13 years old. Investigations resurfaced after one of the victims, now an adult, told investigators."That is very courageous," said Ohio Attorney General DeWine, whose attorneys are prosecuting the case. Bignell is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 9. Bignell faces up to 30 years in prison.