A Kent man will have to serve at least 15 years in prison before he is eligible for parole for raping an underage girl over a two-year period between 2008 and 2010.
David S. Lawson Jr., 32, formerly of 422 Cherry St., recently was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman. She also labeled him a Tier III sex offender, meaning Lawson will be required to register his address with his local sheriff's office every 90 days for the rest of his life upon release from prison. Future neighbors also may be notified when Lawson moves into a neighborhood.
Lawson also was fined $1,000 and given credit for 74 days spent behind bars awaiting trial, according to Pittman's orders.
Lawson pleaded guilty to rape, a first-degree felony, on Nov. 21. He admitted to sexually assaulting a girl, who was between 8 and 10 years old when the crime occurred, between April 2008 and April 2010.
Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said Kent police and The Children's Advocacy Center of Portage County at Robinson Memorial Hospital conducted the investigation. A Portage County grand jury indicted Lawson in September on 26 felony charges, one for each alleged incident reported by the victim.
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