Jefferson Valley Sex Offender Faces Federal Charges

Jonathan DeLaura appeared in federal court in White Plains on Wednesday and was detained without bail.

The Jefferson Valley man, accused of  and in Putnam County and Yorktown, faces additional federal charges. 

, 37, is a convicted sex offender, who appeared in federal court in White Plains on Wednesday and was detained without bail. He is also known as Jon Dulak. 

"As alleged, this case underlines the urgent need for law enforcement to continue its efforts to protect children from those who prey on them over the Internet and endanger them," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. 

DeLaura has been accused of sending obscene material to a 15-year-old boy through an Internet chat site. Bharara said they will use "every tool available to law enforcement to prosecute and punish those who allegedly possess and distribute child pornography.”

The following allegations are based on the complaint, which was filed last week in White Plains federal court: 

  • On Oct. 7, 2009, DeLaura plead guilty in Bronx County Court to sexual misconduct. His victim was a 12-year-old boy. He was sentenced on Dec. 16, 2009 to six years of probation and registered with the New York State Sex Offender Registry. 
  • From May 5, 2011, through May 10, 2011, DeLaura allegedly distributed files containing images and videos of child pornography over the Internet via a Peer ­to-Peer networking program.
  • In Nov. 2011, DeLaura contacted a 15-year-old boy 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 allegedly sent two obscene photographs to the victim. 
  • On Feb. 2, 2012, DeLaura was . After DeLaura was arrested, 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 photographs of DeLaura as well as the two obscene photographs that were sent to the victim.

"Sex offender laws are meant to protect children from being repeatedly victimized by individuals like Jonathan DeLaura," Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge James T. Hayes, Jr. said. "The production, transmission and possession of images of children are as exploitative as physical abuse itself, HSI is strongly committed to seeking out sexual predators who jeopardize the safety and Well-being of our youth."

If convicted, DeLaura faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison for distributing child pornography via the Internet. He also faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for possessing child pornography; and a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for transferring obscene material to a minor.

DeLaura also faces an additional minimum sentence of 10 years in prison for transferring obscene material to a minor while he was registered as a sex offender. 

Bharara said he praised the efforts of ICE HSI, the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, the , the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office, and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office in connection to the investigation. 

The prosecution is being handled by the White Plains Division. Assistant United States Attorney Margery B. Feinzig is in charge of the prosecution. 

Any individual with relevant information on suspected child predators or any related suspicious activity is encouraged to contact Homeland Security Investigations in Castle Point at 845-831-1576.

Extremely Disgruntled March 22, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I know,,, I'm just lighting the fuse here..... Reports do show that homosexual child offenders are more than likely to re-offend. This guy has a problem. Not all offenders do. Keep all things in proper perspective please. Not all offenders are violent/use-of-force or child-related. Some are statutory here and there illegal, and legal somewhere else. Those particular offenders are not worrisome to anyone. It's turning out to be a majority of offenders who fit that bill.
Walden Macnair April 13, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I'm not sure what you're getting at. Is it okay to be a sexual offender? Should I not be worried about the forty year old man who wants to date my 17 year old daughter or the man who doesn't use violence so he can have sex with an underage child or who collects child pornography? I find all these people worrisome. As to homosexual vs heterosexual offenders that just doesn't make any sense at all. There are pedophiles who don't even differentiate when it comes to the gender of their victims. Pedophilia isn't homosexual or heterosexual, it is a psychiatric condition unto itself. Take the recent Penn State case. He was a heterosexual in his adult relationships but was attracted to male children, What does that make him? Simple, a pedophile. This is probably the one crime where we should engage in preventive detention because the recidivism rate is so high but I doubt the libertarians would agree with me.
Extremely Disgruntled April 14, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Please re-read the comment. I clearly stated in the 3rd sentence, THIS GUY HAS A PROBLEM. I NEVER, EVER condoned any kind of abuse. My point was that Romeo and Juliet where the AoC was 18, Incontinent Grandpa who relieved himself on the side of the road when he THOUGHT that he was actually out of sight, and was seen accidentally may all end up being a Tier 2 or Tier 3 offender in some other state, and in NJ AoC is 16, NY it is 17. Different state and Federal standards equate to non-worrisome people flooding the registries. ALL studies have shown that homosexual re-offense rates are noticeably higher than heterosexual recidivism. I guess, I would have to say in SOME CASES (as secifically mentioned above and below) that it is OK to be an offender. Meaning that what is illegal somewhere MAY be legal somewhere else. Err on the legal side.
Extremely Disgruntled April 14, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Part 2: Ohio has 3 laws that make certain adult CONSENSUAL activity illegal and makes it a Tier 3 lifetime notification offense. ONLY in Ohio! So should I be scared of those people? Hypothetically there is someone next door in Crompond who was one of these former convicted Ohioans who moved to NY. They would be Tier 3 with community notifications. Their listing would only say "other states code" and leave you guessing to the actual crime, but seeing them in Tier 3 makes you scared right from that first impression. Should you be scared of them? That is my point. They were convicted of something completely legal in the rest of the world! That is my point. Not everyone is a pedophile, which, by the way is defined as someone who is interested in someone else who is (globally accepted) under the age of puberty (search on wiki.) Adolescents who are "just" days on one side of a legal limit shouldn't be a concern of the public at large. Hopefully this clarifies things for you.
Extremely Disgruntled April 14, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Oh, and last point, go to http://www.ct.gov/opm/lib/opm/cjppd/cjresearch/recidivismstudy/sex_offender_recidivism_2012_final.pdf and then re-evaluate your statistics. USDoJ had basically the same numbers 15 years ago here: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/press/rsorp94pr.cfm These are numbers that can't be "made up."


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