Greensburg woman sent to prison for sex trafficking young girl
A Greensburg woman will serve up to 20 years in prison for selling sexual encounters with a 3-year-old girl.
Rebecca Shadle was sentenced Thursday after she pleaded guilty in September to trafficking of a minor for sexual purposes, child endangerment, aggravated indecent assault and conspiracy.
Prosecutors said Shadle allowed men to pay her to have sexual contact with the girl. Two men paid Shadle $60 to kiss and touch the child in a sexual manner, according to police.
Prosecutors said the incidents occurred between 2013 and January 2017 at Shadle’s Greensburg apartment in Eastmont Estates. Shadle’s then-estranged husband, Scott Shadle, pleaded guilty in February with promoting prostitution and was sentenced to serve two to 23 months in jail. He has since been paroled.
“I think about her everyday and I wonder how … she is doing,” Rebecca Shadle said in court Thursday.
Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Feliciani ordered Shadle to serve at least 7 1/2 years in prison, undergo sex offender treatment and prohibited her from having any unsupervised contact with children. She was also ordered to serve an additional seven years on probation.
The sentence imposed by the judge came after prosecutors agreed to waive a mandatory minimum sentence that would have required Shadle to spend at least 10 years behind bars. Shadle had threatened to withdraw her guilty plea had prosecutors sought the mandatory sentence, according to defense attorney Chris Haidze.
Assistant District Attorney Judy Petrush consented to the waiver to ensure the case is concluded for the child victim. Petrush still sought to have Shadle receive a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison.
“This was a very traumatic and painful few years for this little girl,” Petrush said of the victim.
The two men police said paid to have sexual contact with the child also were charged. David Allen Smith, 38, of Greensburg, pleaded guilty to charges that he had sexual contact with a child and was sentenced to serve nine to 23 months in jail.
Brian Keith Spillar was charged with identical offenses but died before he could be prosecuted.
Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.