Downingtown Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of a Child

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WEST CHESTER, PA — Judge Alita Rovito sentenced 43-year-old Jason Lawhun of Downingtown to 16-32 years in prison for the sexual abuse of a child when she was 15-16 years old, announced Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan. The victim, who reported the abuse to a school official in September 2021, told investigators that the sexual abuse started when she was 11 and living in another state and continued in Downingtown.

The defendant pled guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, and unlawful contact with a minor. His co-defendant, Elskamin Lawhun, is awaiting trial for endangering the welfare of a child for her failure to help the victim once she was told about the abuse.

“We hope this lengthy sentence brings a sense of justice to the victim here for all the horrors she suffered at the hands of Jason Lawhun,” said Ryan. “It took remarkable courage to tell an adult at school – a mandated reporter – about what was being done to her. That heroic act saved her from having to endure more sexual abuse.”

According to statements made in open court, investigators learned the defendant sexually assaulted the victim multiple times and sent the victim nude photos of himself. He forced the victim to create nude images and videos to send him. The victim reported that she told Elskamin Lawhun about the abuse, but nothing was done to stop it.

Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan commended the Downingtown Police and Chester County Detectives for the investigation, leading to Lawhun’s guilty plea. ADA Christine Abatemarco prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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If you suspect child abuse, call Childline at 1-800-932-0313. To learn to recognize, react, and respond to child sexual abuse by signing up for a free virtual Stewards of Children workshop, contact County Coordinator Katie Walters at or 610-344-6115.

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