Ex-sex abuse convict indicted in child porn case: prosecutors

Aimee Ambrose
York Dispatch

A Dover man faces federal child porn charges more than a decade after he was sent to prison in a child sex abuse case.

Jonathan Debus, 42, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg on counts of possessing and receiving child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced. He allegedly received the images between October 2021 and earlier this month.

Debus is looking at a sentence of up to 60 years if he’s convicted of the charges.

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The recent indictment came after Debus pleaded no contest in a York County Common Pleas Court to felony counts of unlawful contact with a minor and statutory sexual assault in January 2010. He was sentenced to one and a half to five years in prison, though court records indicate the sentencing didn’t occur until October 2011, nearly two years after the plea.

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Defendants who plead no contest, or nolo contendere, don’t admit guilt. Instead, they say they won’t contest the charges against them. Otherwise, a no-contest plea has the same effect as guilty plea.

— Reach Aimee Ambrose at aambrose@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @aimee_TYD.