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Middletown man sentenced to prison for rape near Kings Island

David Cross was sentenced to 7 years in prison for a rape at Kings Island. (Photo: Warren County Prosecutor's Office)

WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A Warren County judge sentenced a Middletown man to 7 years in prison in connection with a rape that was reported in a wooded area near Kings Island.

David Cross, 30, pleaded guilty to the charge on Thursday. Investigators said he was 38 when he met with a 13-year-old victim at the amusement park and forced the child to engage in sexual conduct. He had reportedly started talking to her on an app called Meow Chat, and told her he was 15 before setting up a meeting. According to a media release, when the two met on a walkway in a wooded area between Kings Island and Great Wolf Lodge, he forced the girl into the sexual actions.

Cross will serve the sentence consecutive to a 9 year sentence he is currently serving for a conviction in Butler County, and is registered as a tier three sex offender.

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