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Posted on: January 12, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Leola Man Admits to Sex Abuse of 3 Girls in Exchange for Prison Sentence

A Leola man who sexually abuse three pre-teen children will serve up to 26 years in state prison.

Steven Anthony Prater recently pleaded guilty in Lancaster County Court to numerous felony counts of sex abuse regarding three children in 2014.

Prater, formerly of Bradford Drive in Upper Leacock Township, will serve 13 to 26 years in accordance with a plea agreement negotiated by Assistant District Attorney Christopher Sarno.

Prater, 35, also must register his whereabouts under Megan’s Law for the rest of his life.

He is prohibited from having contact with the victims, Lancaster County Judge Margaret Miller ordered.
The girls – ages 7, 9 and 11 when the abuse began – are the children of Prater’s former paramour.

He took photographs during some of the assaults.

He confessed the abuse to East Lampeter Township police.

East Lampeter Township police Detective Joseph Edgell filed charges.

(See CrimeWatch/Twitter feed for Prater's photo.)

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