Zepplin Ray Taylor-McGinness, 22, will serve one year in prison.

A former airman stationed at Dover Air Force Base has been sentenced to a year in prison for raping a 14-year-old runaway.

Zepplin Ray Taylor-McGinness, 22, on July 2 pled guilty to two counts of fourth-degree rape and a single count of endangering the welfare of a child during a trial in Kent County Superior Court. He initially was charged with four counts of second-degree rape.

Taylor-McGinness was arrested Feb. 5 at his home in the Dover Country Club Apartments, according to a press release at the time from the Dover Police Department.

Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said then the guardian of a 14-year-old runaway told police the girl was staying at the apartment complex with an unknown person.

The Delmar girl was returned to the guardian.

A joint investigation between Dover police and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations showed the former airman 1st class had engaged in sexual acts on several occasions with the girl.

Taylor-McGinness will serve his sentence at the Sussex Correctional Institution, Georgetown, where he has been held since his arrest.