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Somerset man sent to state prison for sexual assault of teens

November 20, 2018

A 46-year-old Somerset man was sentenced Monday to two to seven years in state prison followed by three years of probation for two counts of statutory sexual assault, a first-degree felony.

Shawn Livengood encouraged two teenage girls, ages 16 and 17, to drink hard liquor and then sexually assaulted them in 2016 and 2017, according to court documents. The incidents occurred while he and one of the girls were guests at a Friedens home, police said.

“I’ve been humbled by this whole experience,” Livengood said at his sentencing.

He said he is recovering from alcohol addiction.

“I’m truly, truly sorry for the actions I took that (negatively) impacted people’s lives,” he said.

Prior to Livengood’s address, one of the young victims read a letter in open court in which she spoke of her anxiety and emotional struggles. But with the help of family and friends, she said, “I’m not a victim anymore. I’m a survivor.”

Livengood’s attorney, Arthur McQuillan of Johnstown, told the court that Livengood acknowledged his indiscretion and inappropriate actions with the teens and that “he understands a debt is to be paid” to society, namely time behind bars. He was given credit for five days of time served.

President Judge D. Gregory Geary said the sentence is in the standard range of the sentencing guidelines. Livengood had one prior record for a driving under the influence case.

“The seriousness of the charges warrants a lengthy incarceration,” the judge said.

Livengood’s actions caused the victims to have to undergo therapy, Geary said.

He will have to register for life under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and abide by its conditions, which include reporting to the state police if he has an employment or address change once he is released from prison. He must pay prosecution and supervision costs, and about $450 in fines, and he must submit to DNA testing.

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