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WOMAN IN SEX CASE GETS YOUTHFUL OFFENDER STATUS

A 19-year-old Shumway Street woman who forced a 9-year-old girl last summer to have sex with an 8-year-old boy was granted youthful offender status Friday and ordered to stay away from young children for the next five years.

Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico told Shakira Henley that her own youth was the only reason he spared her a lengthy jail term for the incident July 14 in her home.

Over the objection of prosecutors, D'Amico granted Ms. Henley youthful offender status, which will eliminate the case from her records, because she was 18 at the time of the incident.

"The only thing that saved you from a long period of incarceration is your age," the judge told her. Had she been older, she would have gone to jail "for a long time," D'Amico told her.

D'Amico, who found Ms. Henley guilty April 19 of sex abuse, child endangerment and unlawful imprisonment, also ordered her to undergo intensive supervised probation with the Erie County Probation Department.

While on probation she cannot have unsupervised contact with any children under 16, the judge ordered.

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