Springfield man gets 10 years to life for rape of child younger 13

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Levi Taylor sentenced on Feb. 20 in Clark County Common Pleas Court

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A Springfield man was sentenced Thursday morning to 10 years to life in prison for raping a child younger than 13.

Levi Alan Taylor, 28, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of rape in Clark County Common Pleas Court for the Sept. 28, 2019, sexual assault.

He was arrested Sept. 30 on one count of rape, one count of gross sexual imposition and three counts of pandering sexually oriented matter, court records show.

Taylor appeared before Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge O’Neill, who imposed the sentence. When asked if he had anything to say, Taylor, who sat with his hands hiding his face from media cameras, said no.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office began their investigation into Taylor after information was given to detectives by the victim’s mother, according to Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Aaron Heskett.

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Detectives later executed a search warrant and found evidence of the sexual misconduct on Taylor’s cellphone, according to court documents. He had recorded himself engaging in sexual conduct with the victim while she was sleeping, court documents say.

Taylor was arrested on one count of rape, one count of gross sexual imposition and three counts of pandering sexually oriented matter, according to court documents.

Detectives also discovered that there had been other prior sexual misconduct that the victim did not tell anyone about, Heskett said.

“The strength of the victim and the victim’s family really helped from the beginning,” Heskett said. “Their continued cooperation with us and ability to work with us, we couldn’t do it without them.”

Heskett said every one on the case all did great work to help make this result possible.

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“We’re really fortunate in Clark County to have a multi-disciplinary team assigned to the Child Advocacy Center,” he said. “It really lets us have a chance to collaborate and put all of our minds together on these child cases to put the child first and ensure justice is done in the end,” he said.

Taylor pleaded guilty to one count of rape and the remaining charges were dismissed, Heskett said.

Taylor also is required to register as a Tier III sex offender for the rest of his life if granted release, Heskett said.

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