May 24, 2019

Two men sentenced for crimes against children in Pike County

MILFORD - Pike County District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin announced that the following individuals were sentenced for offenses against children.

Lester Masker, 59, was sentenced to 5 years to 10 years in state prison for aggravated assault, (felony), and corruption of minors, (misdemeanor). Masker engaged in illegal acts with a child under the age of 12 between 2003 and 2005 at his residence in Palmyra Township. These crimes placed the child at risk of serious bodily injury due to her young age and vulnerability.

Masker, based upon prior convictions for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, incest, indecent assault and corruption of minors, is considered a sexually violent predator under Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offender’s Registration Notification Act. He is subject to registration for the remainder of his life.

Robert Haas, Sr., 76, was sentenced to 11 months to 23 months in jail for corruption of minor, a felony. Haas was convicted of exposing himself to an 11-month-old child. Haas is subject to registration under SORNA as a result of his conviction for 15 years.

Upon release from incarceration, both men are ordered to refrain from contact with children under age 18 without supervision and not work at or frequent places where children under age 18 are present.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Sarah Wilson applauded the vigilance of community members and law enforcement in identifying the abuse of these children and helping bring the perpetrators to justice.

“The innocent victims in these cases were especially vulnerable to abuse due to their young age and these sexual offenders exploited them because of it,” Wilson said. “Our community can’t stand for this type of crime against children and our office will zealously prosecute those who prey on children.”

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