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Cleveland man sentenced to 20 years to life for rape of 12-year-old boy



Cleveland – A Cleveland man has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced.

Kenneth Livingston, 50, of Cleveland, repeatedly raped a 12-year-old victim, while the boy visited Livingston’s home in the Union Square apartment complex on E. 98th Street in Cleveland. Livingston was a volunteer basketball coach at Zelma George Recreation Center where the victim played.

Livingston took pictures and videos of the lewd acts performed on the victim. He shared the material with Christopher T. Wilson, 50, of Cleveland, who also lived in the Union Square complex. The illegal activity was uncovered when pictures were sent via Facebook to the victim’s mother, who immediately alerted the police.

On June 26, 2015, Livingston was arrested by officers with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department. Additional forensic examination was completed by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Livingston pled guilty to two counts of Rape on November 17. Following his plea, visiting Judge Michael E. Corrigan immediately sentenced Livingston to 20 years to life in prison. Upon his release, Livingston will be required to register as a Tier III sexual offender for the rest of his life.

Wilson was charged with Illegal Use Of Minor In Nudity-Oriented Material or Performance for his involvement in the incident. He pled guilty to one count of Attempted Illegal Use of a Minor, and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 3.

“Kenneth Livingston pretended to mentor little boys only to use his position as a means to lure his victims. Thanks to the hard work of CMHA detectives, this sick individual will never hurt another child,” said Holly Welsh, Director of Prosecutions for the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. She represented the State of Ohio in this case along with Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Carl Sullivan.

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