York child molester's 4th offense nets lengthy prison sentence


A York City predator's punishment for his fourth child sex offense could end up being a life sentence, his prosecutor said.

William Wesley Krebs Jr., 66, of West Market Street, was sentenced Monday to 14 to 28 years in state prison, according to deputy prosecutor Diana Spurlin.

Krebs pleaded guilty April 9 to the first-degree felony of child rape, court records state.

Had he been convicted at trial, Krebs was facing a minimum sentence of 25 years, according to Spurlin.

"This is Mr. Krebs' fourth Megan's Law offense," she said. "At his age, I think the 14 to 28 years will eventually be a life sentence for him. ... There was no reason to take this case to trial and force the victim to testify."

He has been locked up since November and will get credit for time served, according to his defense attorney, chief public defender Bruce Blocher.

Krebs was found to be a sexually violent predator at Monday's sentencing hearing, Spurlin confirmed.

York Area Regional Police said he molested and raped a girl between 2006 and 2008, starting when the girl was about 4 years old.

According to court documents filed by Regional Detective Donald Hopple Jr., Krebs knew the girl through her family.

Dad alerted police: On Oct. 27, the girl's father reported the alleged sex assaults, saying he had just learned of them, according to the documents.

The girl's mother subsequently told police she learned of the molestation in 2008, and indicated Krebs was not allowed near the girl after that, police said. The mother did not call police at the time.

"(The mother) told me that she knew it was wrong not to tell anyone about what occurred and accepts responsibility for it," Hopple wrote in court documents.

The victim said after she told her mother what had happened, her mother gave her the choice as to whether Krebs should "go to jail," and the girl decided he should not, according to documents.

York Area Regional Police said Krebs had been required to register in Pennsylvania as a Megan's Law child sex offender, but that his required term of registration expired.

Convicted molester: Court records reveal Krebs was charged with child rape and related offenses in a 1996 York County case. He pleaded no contest to statutory rape and was sentenced to 11-1/2 to 23 months in prison.

In a second 1996 York County case, Krebs pleaded no contest to aggravated indecent assault without consent and indecent assault without consent and was sentenced to a maximum of 2-1/2 months in prison, records state.

And in 1995, Krebs pleaded guilty in York County Court to indecent assault without consent. In exchange, a charge of corruption of minors was dropped and Krebs was sentenced to 23 months of probation, records state.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.