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Ex-Santa Claus Gets At Least 266 Years In Prison For Molestation

October 2, 1996

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A convicted child molester who worked part-time as a Santa Claus was sentenced to 266 to 532 years in prison for molesting seven boys.

John Pratt, 48, pleaded no contest Monday to 68 counts, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of a minor and indecent assault.

Police said the boys, who ranged in age from 7 to 14, were entrusted to Pratt’s care and he plied them with video games and attention to gain their trust.

A search of his home turned up Santa Claus and elf costumes, wrapped toys and fliers, but police said the toys and costume did not figure in his crimes.

Pratt was convicted in 1980 of molesting eight children in Waterloo, Iowa. He was paroled in 1984 and later moved to Pittsburgh.

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