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Former school janitor pleads guilty to sexually assaulting two teenagers

September 1, 2018

Shawn Livengood, 46, Somerset, pleaded guilty Thursday in Somerset County court to two counts of statutory sexual assault, a first-degree felony, in a case in which he allegedly encouraged two teenage girls, ages 16 and 17, to drink hard liquor and then had sex with them in 2016 and 2017.

He gave one of the girls back massages that eventually led to sexual intercourse, the teen testified at a preliminary hearing in February. The sexual abuse continued for months until the girl decided to no longer go to the Friedens residence, she testified.

The girl and Livengood were guests at the residence. The girl went there on the weekends to visit the family, which included children near her age. Livengood stayed for about 18 months while he recuperated from hip surgery, according to court documents.

Another girl staying at the residence told police she was abused by Livengood in the same way when she was a teenager.

Livengood faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine for each count when he is sentenced at 1 p.m. Nov. 19, according to President Judge D. Gregory Geary, who accepted his guilty plea.

“The offenses are SORNA (Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act) reportable offenses and trigger lifetime registration and reporting requirements,” the judge said.

SORNA replaced the less-stringent Megan’s Law in Pennsylvania.

Originally, Livengood was charged with 15 counts of rape, four counts of aggravated indecent assault, two counts of selling or furnishing alcohol to minors and two counts of corruption of minors.

Livengood worked as a courier and custodian at Somerset Area High School. After Livengood was charged, he was fired from his job and told he was not allowed on school property. None of the alleged acts took place at the school, according to police and school administrators.

Livengood is free on $30,000 bail. His attorney is Art McQuillan of Johnstown.

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