After pleading guilty and serving more than a year in the Butler County Prison, a Gibsonia man was categorized as a sexually violent predator, sentenced to county jail and immediately paroled on time served in Butler County Court on Tuesday.
John F. Davis, 52, was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in the county facility, and was paroled by Judge William Shaffer, after he served more than his minimum sentence. He was incarcerated between Feb. 1, 2017, and Feb. 9, 2018.
Davis also made a statement, saying he is “truly sorry for my actions,” and “I'm sorry is not enough and will not change what I have done.”
“I never realized how many people would be hurt from my selfish act,” he said. “I will never allow myself to be in a situation like this again and will work every day for the rest of my life to become a better person in society.”
His parole will be followed by 10 years of county probation. Davis will also be required to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life. He was also ordered to pay nearly $5,000 in restitution.
Police said Davis assaulted three different children, between the ages of 2 and 6, on several occasions between September 2014 and April 22, 2016, according to the criminal complaint. The assaults happened at Davis' then-home on Water View Drive, Cranberry Township, while his wife provided day care services for numerous children, police said.
The mother of a 4-year-old victim spoke during the proceeding, saying that he child is “forever changed” by Davis' actions.
Several family members spoke in John Davis' defense, including his mother, Deloris Davis; his wife, Edna Davis; and his daughter, Sarah Davis.
First Assistant district Attorney Patricia McLean declined to comment following the proceeding.
Ness could not be reached after the proceeding and a representative at his office said the firm does not comment on cases.
Read the full story in Wednesday's Butler Eagle.