Kent man pleads guilty to child rape, could be sentenced to life in prison

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Kent man faces a sentence of 15 years in prison before he is eligible for parole after pleading guilty to raping a girl under the age of 10 over a two-year period starting in April 2008.

David S. Lawson Jr., 32, with a last known address of 422 Cherry St., recently pleaded guilty to rape, a first-degree felony, in Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom. Because the crime involved a child under the age of 10, Lawson is eligible for a life sentence in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years, according to Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci.

Lawson remains in the Portage County jail on $1 million cash bond pending his Monday sentencing.

Vigluicci said an investigation by the Kent Police Department and The Children's Advocacy Center of Portage County at Robinson Memorial Hospital revealed that between April 2008 and April 2010, Lawson raped and sexually abused a Kent girl. The victim was between the ages of 8 and 10 when the abuse occurred, Vigluicci said.

Lawson was indicted in September on 13 counts of rape, all first-degree felonies, and 13 counts of gross sexual imposition, all third-degree felonies, for each incident that took place.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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  • I agree this scum bag should be hung in front of the Courthouse, and have all the perverts now on probation watch.

  • Bet they make a Deal.

  • This crime deserves the death penalty in my living room courtroom. no excuses. Poor little girl.