Cleveland Heights man convicted of raping two girls sentenced to life in prison

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Travis Sylvester (Photo courtesy: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office)

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio– A Cleveland Heights man convicted of raping two young girls who were left in his care was sentenced on Monday.

A Cuyahoga County jury found Travis Sylvester, 26, guilty of one count of rape, three counts of gross sexual imposition and two counts of kidnapping.

On Monday, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. According to the prosecutor’s office, that is the required sentenced for a sexually violent predator whose victims are under the age of 10.

“This defendant is getting exactly the punishment he deserves for destroying the childhood of two innocent young girls,” assistant county prosecutor John Colan said in a news release.

The prosecutor’s office said the assaults happened over several months in 2014 while Sylvestser was watching the victims for their mother. The girls, ages 7 and 9, eventually told their mom, who called police.