The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

June 6, 2014

Former Danville to serve state prison term

WILKES-BARRE – A former Danville woman was sentenced to 3 and a half to 10 years in prison for four counts related to allowing a convicted murderer to molest two girls.

Luzerne County Judge Michael Vough sentenced Rebecca Butler, 42,  Friday to jail time in a state prison.

Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Jenny Roberts, who prosecuted the case, expects her to be sent to the Muncy State Correctional Institution.

In addition, Butler will have to register for 15 years with the state police through the Sexual Offender Registration Notification Act. She will have to provide her address, place of employment, vehicle information and email to police.

Roberts said the judge sentenced her on the top of the standard range of sentencing guidelines and gave her consecutive jail terms on each charge due to the nature of the charges.

Butler, represented by Bloomsburg Attorney Clyde Middleton, was found guilty earlier this year by a Luzerne County jury that deliberated for 16 minutes.

She had been confined to the Luzerne County Jail since her conviction Feb. 26.

Butler was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of conspiracy to commit corruption of minors.

Andre VanCliff, 47, a prisoner at the State Correctional Institution at Retreat,

was charged with sexually assaulting the girls who were 7 and 11 at the time, while Butler and the girls visited him in prison.

He is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in Philadelphia in 1994.

Authorities said the incidents occurred from May 2010 through September 2012. The girls were allowed to visit because their names were included on the inmate’s visitation list.

An investigation began after prison officials discovered VanCliff addressed a letter to Butler but written to the 11-year-old girl and sexual in nature. Police said Butler also sent VanCliff a picture of one of the girls wearing “scanty undies.”

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