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Man sentenced to 15 years for rape, incest

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By Sarah Bennett

A registered sex offender from Michigan was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison on charges of forcible rape and incest in Hardin County.

David B. Dunnivant, 46, pleaded guilty in July to charges of first-degree rape, incest and tampering with a witness.

A sentencing originally was scheduled for Sept. 25 but later was continued to Tuesday.

Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard said the sex offender evaluation found Dunnivant to be a “medium or moderate risk” for future offenses.

According to the judge, Dunnivant has three previous felony convictions and, at the time of his most recent offense, was a lifetime registered sex offender in Michigan.

He now will be required to register for life as a sex offender in Kentucky as well, Howard said.

The judge sentenced Dunnivant in accordance with the commonwealth’s plea offer.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Carr said prosecutors consulted with the victim in the case, who chose not to make a statement during the sentencing.

Dunnivant will serve 15 years on the charge of first-degree rape, seven years for incest and one for tampering with a witness. Each is to run concurrently for a total of 15 years.

Because first-degree rape is a Class B felony, he is required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before reaching parole eligibility.

According to Howard, Dunnivant will receive credit for time already served, which amounts to more than 400 days.

He has been lodged at Hardin County Detention Center since his arrest last August.

Kentucky State Police arrested Dunnivant after receiving a phone call from Hardin Memorial Hospital officials, who reported treating a female patient who claimed she was raped.

According to police, Dunnivant forcibly raped an adult female relative.

Dunnivant also was indicted on charges of possession of marijuana and second-degree persistent felony offense. According to the plea offer, those charges were dismissed without prejudice on the stipulation of probable cause.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.