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John Wayne Butz is escorted out the Luzerne County courthouse by sheriff deputies Friday afternoon following his sentencing hearing.Don Carey Times Leader Photo
John Wayne Butz is escorted out the Luzerne County courthouse by sheriff deputies Friday afternoon following his sentencing hearing.Don Carey Times Leader Photo
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WILKES-BARRE — Three men labeled as violent sexual predators by a Luzerne County judge at sentencing hearings received lengthy prison terms on Friday.


Assistant District Attorney Jenny Roberts, who primarily prosecutes defendants charged with child sex offenses, said the three designations in one day is a first for her.


Those people found to be violent sexual offenders are mandated under the state’s Megan’s Law to a lifetime of registration with state police. They must register their address, employment and vehicle every three months for the rest of their lives and have certain restrictions where they can reside.


Judge David W. Lupas ordered them not to enter any schools or attend school events. They are prohibited from public parks, playgrounds, public pools and libraries.


John Wayne Butz, 42, of Hanover Township, was convicted by a county jury on Oct. 24 on charges of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors. He was sentenced to 22 to 44 years in state prison.


State police at Wyoming and Hanover Township police said Butz raped a girl during 2008 and 2009, according to the criminal complaint.


Butz asked Lupas to sentence him to probation or in the county’s Accelerated Rehabilitation Program.


“I didn’t do it; this is not over,” Butz said as he was escorted by sheriff’s deputies from the courthouse.


Ricardo Perez-Toledo, 30, of Hazleton, was convicted by a county jury on Oct. 18 on charges of rape of a child, aggravated indecent assault, two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and three counts of indecent assault. He also was sentenced to 22 to 44 years in state prison.


Perez-Toledo raped a young girl multiple times in various locations from 2005 through 2010, according to the criminal complaint.


Jose Cruz, 37, of Hazleton, pleaded guilty to unlawful contact with a minor on Oct. 11. He was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison.


Cruz sexually assaulted a young girl in incidents from June 2009 to March 2012, according to the criminal complaint.


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