Delaware County Acting District Attorney Shawn J. Smith recently announced that John J. Jaromack Jr., a former resident of Franklin, New York, has been sentenced to a total of 10 years in state prison for the sexual abuse of children.

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The sentencing followed Jaromack's guilty plea to two counts of Criminal Act in the Second Degree, Class D Violent Felonies in August of 2023. The charges related to allegations of sexual abuse against two separate children.

The Sentencing

On October 23, 2023, John J. Jaromack Jr. appeared in Delaware County Court for sentencing. Prior to the sentencing, Judge Gary Rosa ordered a pre-sentence investigation to be conducted by the Delaware County Department of Probation. During the proceedings, several members of the victims' families provided statements to the Court, detailing the impact of Jaromack's actions on the victims. The defendant himself also made a statement.

After considering all evidence and statements, Judge Rosa sentenced Jaromack to 10 years of incarceration, to be followed by 10 years of post-release supervision. In addition, the court issued orders of protection, ensuring the safety of the two children for the next 13 years. Upon release, Jaromack will be required to register as a sex offender.

Acknowledging the Victims

Acting District Attorney Shawn Smith expressed gratitude to the victims for their courage and willingness to come forward. He commended the children for exposing the crimes committed by Jaromack and acknowledged the tremendous impact such abuse has on victims.

Smith emphasized that although the conviction cannot undo the damage suffered, he hopes the victims find some peace knowing that their abuser is held accountable. He echoed the sentiment that Jaromack belongs behind bars. Smith emphasized the need for victims to speak out and for members of the community to report any suspicious behavior involving children.

Addressing a Common Crime

Smith pointed out that sexual abuse is an all-too-common crime that often leaves victims feeling isolated and deeply traumatized. Many victims may remain unnoticed or unheard, suffering in silence. To these victims, Smith encouraged them to share their experiences with someone they trust.

Furthermore, Smith called upon members of the community to be vigilant and report any signs of odd behavior toward children or inappropriate interactions between adults and minors.

Gratitude for Investigation

Smith expressed his gratitude to Investigator Brian Dengler of the New York State Police, who led the investigation into Jaromack. Additionally, he thanked the assisting officers of the NYSP and victim advocate Kimberly Bryden for their support and dedication to the children and their families throughout the court process.

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