Kent man gets 15 years to life in prison for child rape

Lawson admits assaulting child when she was between ages 8 and 10, pleads guilty to felony

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

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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  • So he gets life in prison and possibility of parole in 15 years. I bet he don’t get out in 15 years. I hope the people will remember and fight his parole. Better yet, maybe the other prisoners will make the 15 year a living **** for him. If he does get considered for parole in 15 years castration should be mandatory.

  • I read the plea deal. Its pretty sweet. 12 counts of raping a child under 13 years old, and 13 counts of Gross Sexual Imposition {3rd degree felonies} on a child under 13 years old, DROPPED!! I think if you add it up, that is close to 200 years in prison time. The deal also includes the rules of his release. A pretty good deal for a baby raper. Judge Laurie, and ***. Prosecutor Stephen Michniak should be proud. They got a baby raper off of the streets with wheeling and dealing. My question is WHY would you DEAL with a BABY RAPER? I wonder what the folks at the Childrens Advocacy Center of Portage County, and Kent PD think of the deal. I think the deal sucks. Another case decided at the "Portage County Discount House of Justice, Lowest Sentences, Always" No Plea Deal Refused!! Special Seasonal Discounts on Baby Rapers this month. Commit 26 felonies, just pay for 1. You can't get a deal like that in Summit County, just ask their baby rapers!!!

  • Don't drop the soap!!

  • Here's hoping Bubba learns your name and cell number very quickly, you sick b@st@ard!