Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Brownie Leader Gets 18 Months for Sex Abuse of Girls

(Massena, New York) In October 2005, 39-year-old former Girl Scout Brownie leader Marlene Herne was arrested for allegedly abusing five girls in her troop.

In April of this year, Herne was indicted on 28 counts, including felony counts of sexual abuse, forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated sexual abuse. The acts of abuse were against five girls, ages 7 through 9, from 2003 to 2005. She pleaded not guilty.

In July, Herne admitted to abusing three of the girls between 2003 and 2005 and this week she was sentenced to 18 months in prison. She was also ordered to register as a high-risk sex offender and serve ten years probation.

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