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Ashley man pleads guilty to molesting child

October 23. 2013 11:44PM

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WILKES-BARRE — An Ashley man must register as a lifetime Megan’s Law offender after admitting to molesting and attempting to molest a child on multiple occasions between 2005 and 2010.

Kevin Daniel Kivler, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday to indecent assault of a person less than 13, a felony, and corruption of minors, a misdemeanor, in a proceeding before Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough. The charges carry maximum sentences of seven years and five years, respectively.

Kivler remains free on bail pending sentencing, which was set for 9 a.m. April 7.

According to investigators, Kivler began entering the sleeping child’s room and trying to undress the victim “a couple times a week” staring when the child was 6.

In one case, the child awoke as Kivler was touching the victim’s genitals, according to a police affidavit. In a later incident, Kivler entered the shower naked while the 7-year-old was inside, and ordered the youth to kneel down. The child, crying, refused. Kivler only gave up and got out after two other children began crying, police said.

Still later, according to the affidavit, Kivler entered the victim’s room wearing only boxer shorts, and tried to remove the child’s pants. He relented only after the victim began to yell, cry and kick, police said.

Kivler was usually drinking, the victim told police, and he cautioned the child not to tell anyone.

Under the terms of his plea, Kivler must attend and complete sex offender treatment and therapy. He also will be subject to a state Sexual Offender Assessment Board evaluation to determine whether he meets the legal criteria for classification as a sexually violent predator.

The judge ordered Kivler not to have any contact with the victim or any other individuals younger than 18. He also is prohibited from frequenting any places where minors gather, including schools, playgrounds or swimming pools.

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