WILKES-BARRE — A state prison inmate serving a life sentence on homicide charged with having inappropriate contact with two young girls was incarcerated was arraigned on related charges Friday.
Andre Vancliff, 47, was arraigned on a number of related charges and entered a plea of not guilty.
He is next scheduled to appear at a pre-trial hearing on Oct. 3.
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 had inappropriate contact with them. Court papers indicate the incidents took place from May 2010 to September 2012.
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.”
Butler received waived an arraignment on related charges.
WILKES-BARRE – A Hazleton woman charged with assaulting another woman in April 2011 pleaded guilty Friday to related charges.
Paige Michele Jackson, 21, of West Diamond Avenue, entered the plea to a single count of disorderly conduct and was immediately sentenced to six months probation. Jackson is to have no contact with the woman in the case and must pay $575 in restitution, County Judge David Lupas said.
Police said Jackson assaulted Danielle Caparro on 2nd and Carson streets in the city in April 2011, according to court papers.
WILKES-BARRE – A county judge has scheduled a hearing for a number of requests by prosecutors in the case of Andrew Pope, including to reinstate all the original drug-related charges against him.
Judge David Lupas scheduled an Aug. 21 hearing for Pope, 34, of High Street, Plymouth, after prosecutors asked that all charges be reinstated against him. Assistant District Attorney Jill Matthews Lada also requested the she be permitted to introduce prior “bad acts” of Pope at any trial to be held.
Matthews Lada is seeking to reinstate the original five charges after he had agreed to plead guilty to a single charge. That agreement was never followed, according to court papers, and now prosecutors want him to face all the original charges in the case.
Police said a confidential informant made purchases from Pope, which resulted in a search warrant on his High Street home. Police allegedly found 40 packages of heroin, a small package of marijuana, $650, and a ball of cocaine inside a dryer, as well as several items related to the sale of drugs.
Pope allegedly told police he began selling drugs when he came to the area from New York and that he sells them because he has to care for a girlfriend and her children.