Man sentenced for ‘detestable’ rape of child

John F. Henry, 37, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. [Image credit: Lancaster County District Attorney's Office]

Lancaster, Pennsylvania: The Lancaster County District Attorney's office released a statement on Thursday, January 6 announcing the sentencing of 37-year-old John F. Henry after he plead guilty to 15 charges against him related to the sexual abuse of a 5-year-old child.


According to the statement, Henry was charged with rape of a child, aggravated indecent assault, incest of a minor, manufacturing child pornography, dissemination of child pornography, and criminal use of a communication facility.


During sentencing, after initially declining to speak, Henry allegedly asked Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro to "take it easy" on him.


"Your crimes are heinous," Totaro replied. "There's no other way to say it. It's detestable."


An investigation was launched on October 9, 2020 after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provided a cyber tip to the Lancaster Police Department concerning eight "sexually explicit child pornography files" that had been located on a Google Photos and Google Drive account.


Through the course of investigation it was determined that the email address associated with the account belonged to Henry.


"[Henry] raped this very young child and memorialized these acts in videos and photographs," Assistant District Attorney Janie Swinehart said. "He doesn't acknowledge his behavior or take accountability for his actions."


Totaro sentenced Henry to 37 and a half to 78 years in prison.


The sentences are to run consecutively and should Henry ever be released from prison he will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.