He grew up in what was then the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, a conglomerate of six republics on the Balkan Peninsula including Serbia, his motherland.
It was his dream to become a police officer, but his family preferred the prestige of the military.
Now it has an aeronautical façade, a vanity of bluish glass and a few too many right angles.
But it’s bright and warm inside, and has a pulsing, breathing life of its own. If that’s the case, then the library staff is like a small civil-service division.
Lievano started working at the middle school in February and was placed on administrative leave in early May after school officials first became aware of the allegations against him.
He is no longer employed by the school system, MCPS spokesman Derek Turner wrote in an email Friday.
“My grandfather telling me one day, ‘You are soldier but you no murderer,’” he recalls.
When police interviewed Lievano, he allegedly told detectives he had sex with her twice in her apartment and said the last encounter was on April 30, when her mother caught him in her bedroom. As part of the sentencing, Lievano must register as a sex offender for 15 years and was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors.
At the end of December, Lievano’s attorneys filed a motion to modify the sentence, but the motion has not yet been ruled on.
* * * The Portland Public Library is situated in Maine’s most densely populated and diverse zip code.
Before its renovation in 2010, the building looked drab and almost foreboding from the sidewalk of Congress Street.