DeLand Man, 40, sentenced to 30 years in prison followed by a lifetime of sexual predator probation for raping a child

Photos for Headline Surfer / Jail mugs above and below of Jacob DeLeon, convicted on three felony counts of sexual battery on a child.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DELAND, Fla. – A 40-year-old DeLand man was sentenced today to 30 years in prison followed by a lifetime of sexual predator probation for repeatedly raping a 12-year-old led to his arrest in 2016 after the mother found out about the situation and called the cops.

The sentence was handed down by Circuit Judge Jamesd R. Clayton sat the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand.

Jacob DeLeon, 40, of DeLand, was sentenced to 30 years in a state prison facility following no contest pleas to three counts of sexual battery on a child. After his release from prison, DeLeon will face a lifetime of sexual-predator probation and be designated a sexual predator.

"Today’s plea spared the child-victim from having to go through a traumatic trial process," Spencer Hathaway, spokesman for 7th Judicial Circuit State Attorney R.J. Larizza, told Headline Surfer after the sentencing hearing that put Jacob DeLeon behind bars perhaps for the rest of his life.

"DeLeon had been set for trial Monday, June 17, but pled today in lieu of going to trial." DeLeon repeatedly raped his victim, who was known to him, over a four-year period and was 12 years old when he was arrested June 9, 2016 by DeLand police.

Jacob DeLeon gets 30 years in proson for child rape / Headline Surfer"Today’s plea spared the child-victim from having to go through a traumatic trial process," Spencer Hathaway, spokesman for 7th Judicial Circuit State Attorney R.J. Larizza, told Headline Surfer after the sentencing hearing that put Jacob DeLeon behind bars perhaps for the rest of his life.

"DeLeon had been set for trial Monday, June 17, but pled today in lieu of going to trial." DeLeon repeatedly raped his victim, who was known to him, over a four-year period and was 12 years old when he was arrested June 9, 2016 by DeLand police.

DeLeon’s prior criminal history included an out of state conviction for abusing a child more than 10 years ago. 

Assistant State Attorney Megan Upchurch prosecuted this most recent case against DeLeon.

 

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.