HUNLOCK CREEK – A state prison inmate was arraigned Tuesday on charges he assaulted two young girls inside the prison for more than two years, according to court papers.
The incidents allegedly took place inside the State Correctional Institution at Retreat at the hands of convicted murderer Andre Vancliff, 47.
In a criminal complaint filed against Rebecca Ann Butler, 41, of Danville, the woman allegedly took two girls, 7 and 11 years old, to visit Vancliff at the prison, where he allegedly touched them inappropriately. Court papers indicate the incidents took place from May 2010 to September 2012.
Butler is charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of children and criminal conspiracy to commit corruption of minors.
She is currently jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing today before District Judge Donald Whittaker.
Vancliff, who is serving a life sentence at SCI Retreat, is charged with two counts of indecent assault, two counts of conspiracy and one count of corruption of minors.
Vancliff is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 8 before Whittaker.
According to the criminal complaint filed Friday, investigators were alerted to inappropriate contact through a letter sent by Butler to Vancliff in September 2012. SCI Retreat Intelligence Capt. Lloyd Kerschner said the letter was sexual in nature and directed to the 11-year-old. Kerschner then forwarded the letter to the state police.
A few days later, Vancliff was placed under “administrative custody” for investigative purposes, the criminal complaint says, and Vancliff was interviewed by police. He allegedly told officers he wanted to have sex with Butler and the two girls to see if Butler was “freaky.”