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Woman sentenced in forced prostitution case of Londonderry Township woman in 2016

By Dan Miller

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Posted 10/17/17

A 22-year-old woman has been sentenced to state prison for her role in the 2016 kidnapping of a Londonderry Township woman whom State Police say was forced into committing acts of …

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Woman sentenced in forced prostitution case of Londonderry Township woman in 2016

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A 22-year-old woman has been sentenced to state prison for her role in the 2016 kidnapping of a Londonderry Township woman whom State Police say was forced into committing acts of prostitution.

Rachel Shearer, of Old Forge in Lackawanna County, was sentenced by Dauphin County Judge Scott A. Evans on Oct. 12 to two and one-half to up to five years in state prison, followed by three years of probation.

Shearer is receiving credit for having served 479 days in county prison since being arrested in June 2016 by Harrisburg police on drug charges.

But Shearer’s troubles aren’t over. Shearer will now go to Tennessee to face charges similar to those for which she was sentenced by Evans, said Fran Chardo, Dauphin County First Assistant District Attorney.

State Police in court papers alleged that Shearer kidnapped the woman, who was 20 years old at the time, in late May 2016 by luring the victim into what she thought was a weekend vacation road trip to Myrtle Beach.

Instead, the victim after falling asleep during the trip awoke to find herself in a “dope house” in Knoxville, Tennessee, where people were constantly coming in and going out to buy illegal drugs, police said.

Shearer, the victim and another man then traveled from Tennessee to a hotel in Myrtle Beach, where according to police the victim was forced into prostitution.

The victim was then brought back to the same dope house in Knoxville, where she was forced to engage in multiple acts of prostitution every day, according to police.

After three weeks, the victim was able to escape from a van that Shearer was driving on the return trip from Knoxville to Pennsylvania.

Shearer on Oct. 12 pleaded guilty to trafficking in individuals, conspiracy to trafficking in individuals, promoting prostitution, conspiracy to promote prostitution, unlawful restraint/involuntary servitude, and conspiracy to commit unlawful restraint/involuntary servitude.

Multiple charges that State Police had filed against Shearer were withdrawn in the process, including kidnapping, conspiracy to kidnap to facilitate a felony, conspiracy to commit kidnapping for ransom, two counts of conspiracy to commit involuntary servitude, two conspiracy counts related to prostitution, and conspiracy to commit unlawful restraint/serious bodily injury.

Shearer on Oct. 12 also pleaded guilty to manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; the drug charge brought by Harrisburg police that first landed her in county prison in June 2016.