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Detectives: Woman prostituted girl to support drug habit

Posted March 31, 2009 8:04 a.m. EDT
Updated March 31, 2009 6:36 p.m. EDT

— 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.