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Greensburg woman faces drug, prostitution, child endangerment charges

Renatta Signorini
| Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 3:36 p.m.
Shania Rae Dickant, 20, of Greensburg was charged Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, with drug crimes, prostitution and child endangerment.
Shania Rae Dickant, 20, of Greensburg was charged Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, with drug crimes, prostitution and child endangerment.

Greensburg police charged a city woman with child endangerment and other offenses, accusing her of having drug and prostitution activity in an apartment she shares with her 3-year-old daughter and two others.

Shania Rae Dickant, 20, was charged by summons Wednesday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next month.

Police were led to her West Second Street apartment Sept. 1 after noticing what appeared to be drug activity.

Dickant denied knowing one of the home's occupants sold marijuana and cried, saying “she did not want that type of activity in the house with her daughter,” Detective John Swank wrote in a complaint.

During a search, police confiscated pipes and bags containing marijuana from Dickant's bedroom, according to an affidavit.

Police again went to her home on Sept. 27 after she agreed to a “date” for $180 in response to an online classified advertisement on Backpage.com. Dickant's daughter was at home sleeping when police arrived, according to an affidavit.

On her phone, officers found text messages between Dickant and others contacting her through the Backpage ad, police said.

Backpage, a classified advertising website similar to Craigslist that started in 2004, has long been accused of being a hotbed for prostitution — sometimes involving underage girls. The Dallas-based company this week settled lawsuits filed by three Washington state women who claimed they were sold for sex on the site when they were as young as 13.

Dickant is charged with possession with intent to deliver, drug possession, marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession, prostitution and two counts of child endangerment. She did not have an attorney listed in online court records. There was no answer Thursday at the phone number listed on the advertisement.

The custody status of the child was unclear Thursday.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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