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Norton man sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting 2 young boys

Posted at 5:28 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 17:28:58-05

NORTON, Ohio — A 62-year-old Norton man was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting two young boys in 2018, according to the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.

In June of 2018, a six-year-old boy disclosed that Steven Kmetz had sexually assaulted him months earlier. After investigating the report, police discovered Kmetz had also assaulted a 10-year-old boy, the court said.

Kmetz has a prior sexual assault conviction from a case in Shelby County involving an eight-year-old boy. Kmetz served four years in prison for that incident, according to the court.

At the start of his trial, Kmetz pleaded guilty to three counts of rape of a child less than 13 years old and four counts of gross sexual imposition.

Judge Amy Corrigall-Jones sentenced Kmetz to life in prison on Monday. He will be eligible for parole after he has served 10 years of his sentence.

Kmetz was also designated a Tier III sex offender. If released from prison, he will have to register with the local sheriff every 90 days for the rest of his life.