Middletown man pleads guilty to raping teenage girl near Kings Island

David Cross, 30

LEBANON, Ohio -- A Middletown man has pled guilty to felony rape for forcing a 13-year-old victim into sexual conduct on a walkway in a wooded area between Kings Island and Great Wolf Lodge in Mason.

David Cross, 30, was sentenced to seven years in prison by Warren County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Peeler on Thursday.

Cross began communicating with the victim on a smartphone app called Meow Chat and told the girl he was 15. On July 29, 2016, Cross arranged a meeting and forced her to engage in sex near the Mason theme park, according to Warren County Prosecutor David P. Fornshell.

The judge sentenced Cross to seven years in prison to be served consecutively to a nine-year sentence Cross is currently serving for a conviction in Butler County. Cross is registered as a tier-three sex offender.

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