An Akron man who raped a 7-year-old girl while she was watching television was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.

James Ferrell, 56, of East Mildred Avenue in Akron was sentenced in the June 29, 2018 attack. He will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years.

Prior to sentencing, Ferrell pleaded guilty to rape and sexual imposition in the case.

He was sentenced by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Kelly McLaughlin.

During sentencing, Ferrell was classified as a sex offender and ordered to register every 90 days for life if he is released from prison.