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Guilty Verdict In Prison Endangerment Case

WILKES-BARRE — A jury in Luzerne County found a woman guilty of child endangerment after deliberating for only 30 minutes.

Rebecca Butler was accused of endangering two children by bringing them to visit a convicted killer in prison.

The former nurse from the Danville area took the stand in her own defense on Wednesday. She admitted to sending Andre Vancliff topless photos of two girls in the jail, and allowing them to have inappropriate contact with him during prison visits at SCI Retreat.

Prosecutors says Butler put the priorities of a convicted killer ahead of the children, saying she allowed them to have inappropriate contact, that Butler gave Vancliff more than $10,000 over several years, and she allegedly allowed one of the girls to read the erotic adult book “50 Shades of Gray,” which the girl and inmate later talked about.

Prosecutors also say there are only one or two officers monitoring around 300 cameras at SCI Retreat.

An official with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections told Newswatch 16 that there is an investigation into the incident, and that child visitation policies were strengthened last year.

6 comments

  • stacy

    This is such a shock. She was my fathers nurse his favorite actually and she’s someone we would have NEVER thought to be guilty for something so horrible. I am glad that she is in jail though and I sure hope someone jumps in to take care of those poor girls as for this will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

  • Laurene Transue

    Did I understand your on air reporter correctly? Did the reporter say that minors under the age of 18 visiting inmates will be required to sign a document stating that they are aware of the crimes the inmate is convicted of? REALLY?!!!!!!!!!!! Have the Corrections Administrators ever heard of the Kids for Cash scandal? Are they not aware that children cannot sign documents waiving their rights?! Do they honestly believe that a child is capable of understanding that they are signing a document that could serve as a waiver of their rights to be protected from abuse an inmate?! I certainly hope I heard this wrong but would greatly appreciate hearing back from you.

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