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Latrobe woman sentenced to 8-16 years on rape, child sex charges


April 30 – A 34-year-old Latrobe was sentenced Thursday to 8 to 16 years in state prison for having sex with two teenage boys in a Unity home, as early as 2004 and as recently as 2016.

Shanda Rae Hitchcock was sentenced by Westmoreland Judge Timothy Krieger following her guilty plea Thursday to rape and multiple counts of statutory sexual assault, indecent sexual assault on a person under 16 years and corruption of minors. Hitchcock is prohibited from contacting victims or being in contact with minors, the judge ordered.

Hitchcock must register as a sex offender for the rest of her life and will undergo a Megan Act assessment for convicted sex offenders. She will also undergo a sex offender assessment, the judge ruled.

Hitchcock, who will serve eight years of probation upon release from state prison, has been given credit for time served since October 2019.

A Latrobe woman is accused of sexually assaulting two teenage boys – the first from 2004 and the second in 2016, state police say.

Hitchcock was arrested by State Police after victims came forward in March 2019. A victim, now 20, told police he was around 14 when Hitchcock raped him for the first time at a Unity home, according to court documents. The accuser told police that the assaults took place every week between November 2004 and July 2008.

The second accuser was 14 when he said Hitchcock had sex with him at Unity’s home in October 2016, police said.

Hichcock was also given a sentence of three to 12 months, to run alongside her charges of sex with boys, for indecent assault on a fellow inmate at Westmoreland County Jail in September 2020. She has also pleaded guilty to these charges before Krieger.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252, jnapsha@triblive.com or via Twitter.



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