GILLETTE (WNE) — District Judge Michael N. “Nick” Deegan handed down a lengthy sentence to Amber Shields, 32, on Wednesday for charges that include placing a vibrator in a young girl’s underwear.
She also endangered the girl and another child on several occasions, including by not reporting they had appeared in pornographic videos with a man who is now in federal prison for producing child pornography.
A jury convicted Shields of both crimes in July. She will serve 15 to 20 years in prison — out of a possible maximum of 20 years — for second-degree abuse and one year in jail for misdemeanor child endangerment, the maximum possible. She will serve the sentences consecutively and must pay a $2,000 fine.
Deegan said the crimes were “egregious” and “very, very disturbing and troubling.” He added that the two children will spend their lives struggling with what Shields did to them and likely will never overcome the trauma caused by her actions.