JAY, Okla. – A former University of Oklahoma student convicted of raping a child was sentenced to three years in prison.

Darwin Todd Huddleston, 22, of Grove appeared in Delaware County District Court on Jan. 22 before District Judge Barry Denney.

He was convicted in October with first-degree rape by instrumentation and acquitted of lewd exhibition.

Denney remarked he was following the jury’s recommendation of five years, but wished he could sentence him to a longer sentence. Denney ordered Huddleston to serve three years and be on probation for two years. He is also required to register as a sex offender.

The victim, who is now a teenager, was 9-years-old when the sexual assaults began and lasted for several years, according to trial testimony.

Huddleston confessed to the victim’s father saying he assaulted the victim “because he was overweight and could never get a girlfriend,” as a means of justifying his actions, according to the arrest affidavit.

During the sentencing hearing, the victim read a 12-page victim witness statement.

Huddleston was admonished by Denney referring to his demeanor during the trial and the sentencing hearing.