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Detectives: Woman prostituted girl to support drug habit

Posted March 31, 2009

— Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives have charged a homeless Fayetteville woman with prostituting a girl to support her drug habit.

Sandra Panecka, 20, coerced the girl, who was 14 at the time, to run away from home in 2007, according to sheriff's officials.

Panecka then introduced the girl to drugs and encouraged her to prostitute herself so they both could continue to buy cocaine, authorities said.

The victim told authorities that Panecka helped her pick up men and then collected the money the girl earned for sexual favors.

Detectives said the girl also told them she was physically assaulted, exposed to various drugs, sexually assaulted and infected with sexually transmitted diseases.

Authorities charged Panecka with facilitating a minor for prostitution, kidnapping, 10 counts of statutory sex offense, 10 counts of participating in the prostitution of a minor, four counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, five counts of crimes against nature and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Deputies held Panecka in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $110,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first court appearance at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Detention Center Courtroom.


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  • nobama Mar 31, 2009

    I feel sorry for both of these girls, they need to be in rehab not jail.

  • uncwgirl02 Mar 31, 2009

    "We are not saying that it doesn't happen everywhere, where I stayed in NY there wasn't crimes like this. It something in the NC news everyday that is so horrible and tragic"

    Usually, in larger cities, the public doesn't hear about offenses like this because of even worse things that are happening and/or it happens all to often. I'm from NC but have lived in Phoenix for almost a year, and I can ensure you that crime/murder/prostitution is far more common here. It's just not as publicized because of the volume of activity.

    NC is/was a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. To our guest who thinks our schools aren't up to par and is glad they "aren't like us", let me assure you have been to and lived in many states in the United States and there are studid, lazy people in all states, not to mention the same criminal activity.

  • weepyeyes007 Mar 31, 2009

    We are not saying that it doesn't happen everywhere, where I stayed in NY there wasn't crimes like this. It something in the NC news everyday that is so horrible and tragic.

  • weepyeyes007 Mar 31, 2009

    I don't want to be missed, who cares, what about the little girl who had to hook? If you don't like a situation you move, yea. My mom has cancer don't say she won't be missed we have a lot of friends at church, she will be missed.

  • haggis basher Mar 31, 2009

    "I wonder if the lady charged "made" her do it?"
    When you are hooked and she has the contacts where you get your fix I don't suppose it take much making........

  • acuranut Mar 31, 2009

    crimes of this nature are only going to increase in number in the near future. the love and need for money and drugs makes people do otherwise unthinkable things. this woman will have a nice home now.. get your checkbooks out, folks.

  • 007KnightRider Mar 31, 2009

    Who ever said CRACK is WHACK is a lie!

  • Weetie Mar 31, 2009

    Check her out on NC Dept of Correction website.

    She's done more than this!

  • Con Amor Mar 31, 2009

    While it is sad for a 14 yr old to be prostituting for drugs, I wonder if the lady charged "made" her do it?

  • christineswisher Mar 31, 2009

    What a horrendous thing for anyone to do to a child - this woman needs to be in prison - forEVER! Just another example of what the devil is up to - past, present and future. We can never let our guard down against his evil!