Volunteer coach sentenced after repeatedly raping 12-year-old boy

Volunteer coach sentenced after repeatedly raping 12-year-old boy

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A Cleveland man has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison after raping a 12-year-old boy on multiple occasions, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced Thursday.

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

According to McGinty, Livingston took pictures and videos of the lewd acts and shared them with 50-year-old Christopher Wilson, who also lived in the Union Square complex. The illegal activity was discovered when pictures were sent through Facebook to the victim's mother, who immediately called police.

On June 26, Livingston was arrested by Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police.

Additional forensic examination was completed by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

On Nov. 17, Livingston pleaded guilty to two counts of rape. Following his plea, Judge Michael 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 a minor in nudity-oriented material for his involvement in the incident. He pleaded guilty to one count of attempted illegal use of a minor, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 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 ICAC. She represented the state of Ohio in this case, along with assistant prosecuting attorney Carl Sullivan.

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