Convicted Rapist Gets 18-22 Years


by Kathryn Searles

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A convicted Charlotte rapist will likely spend the next two decades in prison.

A Mecklenburg County jury found 22-year old Kevin Cellent guilty of a 2011 rape charge.

While Cellent was found guilty of first degree rape, he was found not guilty of his other three charges - first degree kidnapping, first degree sex offense and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

He was sentenced to 18-22 years in prison. Upon his release, he must participate in satellite-based
monitoring and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The crime happened back in August of 2011 when Cellent approached a woman at a bus stop on Mallard Creek Road. He showed his gun and forced her behind a nearby privacy fence. Cellent then raped the woman at gunpoint and then kicked her as he walked away.

In a release, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office says they admire the victim's courage for testifying against her attacker in court.

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