LITTLE VALLEY — Condemning a perceived lack of remorse, a Cattaraugus County judge sentenced Tina L. Wagoner of Salamanca to up to 35 years in state prison Wednesday for what authorities describe as a frightful, years-long child prostitution saga.Wagoner, 52 — who was convicted in June of trading a young girl in her care to men for sex in exchange for drugs and alcohol — stood motionless, shackled in a green-and-white striped jail jumpsuit and afterward inquired only about the appeal process.
“The most shocking is the fact the victim was a child in your care,” Judge Ronald Ploetz told Wagoner before handing down the sentence, which also included 10 years of post-release supervision and a permanent order of protection for the victim. “You were supposed to guide her and protect her, but instead you used her. You took away that child’s youth, just as surely as you had put a bullet in her head.”
Following a three-day trial, a jury handed down guilty verdicts June 22 to first-degree rape, a class B felony; first-degree attempted rape, a class C felony; and two counts of second-degree promoting prostitution, class C felonies. The maximum sentence would’ve been 40 years.
While not a direct participant, Wagoner was charged with rape and attempted rape as a facilitator to sex crimes against the girl. The jury determined she received drugs and alcohol as payment for several men having sexual contact with the girl between January 2010 and October 2012, when she was between 10 and 12 years old, at the Hemlock Hills trailer park in Salamanca.
“There’s no evidence of any remorse or even that you care,” Ploetz added. Click the link for more...Wagoner receives up to 35 years in child sex-abuse case