NEWPORT TWP. — Police accuse a Danville woman of bringing children to a state prison and allowing a convicted murderer to indecently assault them.
Rebecca Ann Butler, 41, was charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of children and conspiracy in the corruption of minors after she allegedly brought the children to visit with Andre Vancliff, 51, who is serving a life sentence at the State Correctional Institution Retreat.
Police allege that Butler also allowed Vancliff to engage in sexually explicit conversations with the children and that she sent Vancliff a photo of a girl wearing underwear.
The alleged incidents took place between May 2010 and September 2012, police said. Troopers with the state police Special Investigations Division uncovered information that led them to file the charges against Butler while working with SCI Retreat Intelligence Division on an investigation into suspected illegal activities of Vancliff, police said.
An investigation continues.
HAZLETON — City police reported the following:
• Gilfredo Terron, 51, no permanent address, was taken into custody after police responded to a report of two suspects trespassing in an abandoned home at 569 N. Locust St. at about 11:48 a.m. Friday, police said.
Both suspects fled out the rear door prior to their arrival, said police, but they located Terron in the area of Fifth and Alter streets. He was charged with criminal trespass, possessing instruments of crime and possessing drug paraphernalia, police said.
• Lawrence Jancewicz, 27, and Barry Dotter Jr., 35, both of Freeland, were cited with public drunkenness after police received a report of two intoxicated males drinking outside St. Luke Manor, 1000 Stacie Drive, at about 2:42 p.m. Friday, police said.
• A property at 450 E. Walnut St. was damaged overnight between Thursday and Friday. Anyone with information should contact police by dialing 911.
• Bruce and Stephanie Dziak, of 416 Kiefer Ave., Hazleton, reported that their 1998 GMC Jimmy and 2000 Dodge were scratched by someone overnight between Thursday and Friday. Anyone with information should contact police by dialing 911.