Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Feb. 12 newspaper on Page A5.
JACKSON — An Oak Hill man accused of rape following a sexual misconduct investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has since been sentenced to life in prison for the rape of three young children.
Travis Levi Beavers, 27, reportedly gained access to the children because of his relationship with the family.
Investigators, working with the Jackson County Prosecutor Office, served a search warrant to the Bucklick Creek Road home on April 13, 2019, taking Beavers to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. Following the questioning of Beavers, investigators reportedly took him into custody for a first-degree felony count of rape of a minor.
The sexual abuse reportedly occurred between Aug. 1, 2018, and April 4, 2019. The three victims, girls aged six to 11, disclosed the abuse to a family member.
The results of the investigation, as well as the victims’ interviews, were later forwarded to Jackson County Prosecutor Justin Lovett for review.
The prosecutorial review resulted in the case being presented to a Jackson County Grand Jury in early May of 2019. Beavers was then indicted with 10 counts on May 3, 2019.
The case was investigated by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Associate Assistant Attorney General Natasha Natale of Yost’s Special Prosecution section. Jackson County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher J. Regan presided over the case.
“This kind of crime has permanent effects on victims,” stated Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier. “It’s something they’ll have to deal with the rest of their lives.”
Frazier added, “I hope this conviction brings them some peace. I appreciate Attorney General’s Dave Yost’s office for taking the case and working together to get a conviction for these victims.”
On Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, Beavers was sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility after 15 years. If released, he will be required to register as a Tier 3 sex offender. He had taken a plea deal.
“This predator stole the innocence of children – rape is a violation of the body, the mind, and the soul and its trauma has a lifetime impact on survivors,” said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. “The young victims showed incredible strength to tell an adult and end the abuse.”