Yorktown Sex Offender Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison

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A Yorktown man will serve at least 35 years in prison for child pornography possession and abuse of a 15-year-old boy.
A Yorktown man will serve at least 35 years in prison for child pornography possession and abuse of a 15-year-old boy. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- A 39-year-old Yorktown man, who was a former tennis instructor and a registered sex offender, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after being convicted of possession of child pornography and abusing a 15-year-old boy, according to a U.S. District Attorney release.

Jonathan DeLaura contacted a 15-year-old boy in Nov. 2011 in an Internet chat room using the screen name “sillyrabbit” and claimed to be a 17-year-old girl. After an exchange of messages, DeLaura sent obscene photographs to the victim. DeLaura then sexually abused the victim.

On Feb. 2, 2012, DeLaura was arrested by officers from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. After DeLaura was arrested, Putnam County Sheriff's Department officers executed a search warrant at his residence and recovered an iPod, which contained approximately 162 videos containing images of child pornography and approximately 5 still photos of images containing child pornography. The iPod also contained the obscene photographs that were sent to the Victim.

DeLaura had previous pleaded guilty in 2009 to misconduct with a 12-year-old boy. At that time he had been sentenced to six years probation and registered with the New York State Sex Offender Registry.

DeLaura, who was convicted in federal court, could face additional jail time if also convicted in Putnam County Superior Court.

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@homeboy - I am originally from a very advanced country in Western Europe. This would not even have been a crime there. 35 years! Wow. To answer your rhetorical question about paying for this incarceration - it costs almost the same to employ an elementary school teacher as it does to incarcerate a prisoner. Oh well, life is all about choices and that is how the people want it.

Ok homeboy what do you suggest should be done with this animal ? Left out on the streets , so we could save tax dollars ..... You were joking right? 35 years is perfect for this dude, this way if he serves the full term ( which he wont ) he'll be 74 and his private part won't work anymore!!

Agreed, homeboy.....

"DeLaura then sexually abused the victim." Physically or virtually? What shoddy reporting.

35 years is a ridiculous amount of time considering what perpetrators -- especially white collar criminals -- get away with in terms of sentencing. And, yes, who will pay for this man's day to day incarceration. Prison industrial system alive and well and our lousy tax dollars paying for it. This country has lost it.