Convicted sex offender jailed again for breaking court order

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Frederick Townsend

LANCASTER COUNTY,  Pa.–A Pequea Township man convicted of child sex abuse will spend more time behind bars for again breaking court orders, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office. .

Frederick Townsend was sentenced in 2014 to 1 to 2 years in prison, plus 5 years of probation, for abusing a girl at his wife’s daycare in New Providence.

Within days of being paroled, he violated by being in contact with children – and was jailed for another 4 months, prosecutors said.

On Friday in Lancaster County Court, Townsend, 57, pleaded guilty to felony violations of Megan’s Law: having an email address and Facebook profile without telling police.

He will serve 1½ to 3 years in state prison, according to Assistant District Attorney Janie Swinehart, who arranged the plea agreement.

Townsend, as part of the sex-abuse conviction, is required to register his whereabouts and online activity, with police, under Megan’s Law.

The abuse happened at a daycare facility on Sawmill Road. Prosecutors said the 11-year-old victim was not a client there.

Townsend’s wife was not involved in the abuse and was not charged.

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