Man sentenced to 5 years for filming child in Target bathroom

Matthew Lively

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A former Target employee has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for filming a boy using the bathroom at the store on Olentangy River Road.

He was sentenced to 5 years on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, and 1 year on a charge of pandering sexually-oriented material of a minor. The sentences are to run concurrently.

“It’s something I can never take back. I’m very sorry,” Lively said Wednesday. He was accused of placing a cell phone in a stall where a 12-year-old boy was using the bathroom on Nov. 30, 2016 at the Target on Olentangy River Road.

He also stated he thought he was recording an adult in the Target, not a child. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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