An Alma man was sentenced to 18 years in prison plus 22 years suspended Friday after pleading guilty in Crawford County Circuit Court to the rape of a minor female.

Howard Danny Williams, 32, must serve 70 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

The girl and her stepmother went to police in late April, and the girl told investigators that Williams sexually assaulted her multiple times between May 2008 and May 2012. The girl said the assaults ended when she was out of the area for several months, according to a police report.

Williams stayed with her family at times and usually approached her for sexual acts when he was drunk or would come to the house under the ruse of taking her to the store, according to the report.

The first assault happened when the girl was baby-sitting for Williams while his wife was in the hospital giving birth, according to a police report.

Police interviewed Williams about a week after the complaint was made, and he told police the girl initiated sexual encounters with him when he was drunk or under the influence of prescription medications, according to the report.

He would allow the sexual contact to continue but then start feeling bad and make her stop, according to the report.