LOWELL -- A former Dracut man, sentenced to more than 30 years in prison after being convicted in 2004 for child rape, is facing new charges of violating a restraining order after he sent a letter and a birthday card to a family member asking to make up for lost time.

In Lowell District Court, Everett L. Livingston, 48, is facing two counts of violation of an abuse-prevention order for alleged contact made via a letter and a birthday card with the 18-year-old female last March.

The alleged victim has a permanent restraining order against Livingston that prohibits him from contacting her.

No date has been set for his arraignment. In a letter to the court, Livingston asked that he be brought into court from prison to face the charges.

According to court documents, Livingston wrote to the 18-year-old victim in a March 18 letter admitting that he is "not the best man in the world" and that he has been in and out of jails and prisons for a long time, but he denied doing what has been claimed about him, according to court documents.

Livingston wrote that he is sorry for the pain he has caused and he'd like to make up for lost time.

The same victim received a birthday card with a poem sent by Livingston four days after the letter.

Livingston allegedly sent the letter and birthday card from behind bars.

He was sentenced in 2004 to a total of 32 to 37 years in state prison.

In 2004, Livingston was found guilty of 14 charges, including statutory rape of a child, rape, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over and stalking for incidents from 1997 to 2002, according to court documents.

In the child-rape case, prosecutors alleged that for seven years, a Dracut girl, a sixth-grader at the time, endured molestations, rapes and terrorization by Livingston.

During Livingston's 2004 trial, prosecutors alleged the sexual assaults against the girl began in 1994, when she was 12. It started with inappropriate touching and escalated to sexual contact.

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