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Elmira Woman Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Yates County Teen

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One of 18 people arrested for her role in the sexual abuse of a local teen over a five-year period is going to prison.

Summer Elliott, of Elmira, pleaded guilty in Yates County Court to felony charges of criminal sexual act and use of a child in a sexual performance. The 20-year-old was sentenced to six years in prison by state Supreme Court Justice Jason Cook.

Andrew Daugherty, of Dundee, was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison earlier this summer for being the person mainly responsible for the abuse of the teen.

The Finger Lakes Times reports more than ten people have pleaded guilty to their charges and face prison sentences ranging from two to six years.

On March 16, 2023, the Yates County District Attorney’s Office presented the case to a grand jury which resulted in the indictment of eighteen individuals:

Andrew Daugherty of Dundee: Predatory Sexual Assault against a Child (A-II Felony), Predatory Sexual Assault (A-II Felony), Sex Trafficking of a Child (B Felony), Compelling Prostitution (B Felony), Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree (D Felony), Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child (D Felony), Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance (C Felony). Daugherty was also charged as a co-defendant for aiding and abetting others in the promotion of sexual acts.

Micheleine Ridley of Dundee: Predatory Sexual Assault against a Child and Tampering with Physical Evidence (E Felony);

Michael Gucciardo of Bath: Rape 1st Degree (B Felony), Criminal Sexual Act 1st Degree (B Felony), Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child (D Felony), Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance (C Felony), Rape 3rd Degree (E Felony), and Criminal Sexual Act 3rd Degree (E Felony);

Ashley Crandall of Corning: Two counts of Criminal Sexual Act 1st Degree (B Felony);

Anthony Hawn of Holly Hill, FL: Rape 2nd Degree (D Felony) and Criminal Sexual Act 2nd Degree (D Felony);

Mary Diederich of Bath: Criminal Sexual Act 1st Degree (B Felony) and 3rd Degree (E Felony), Aggravated Sexual Abuse 2nd Degree (C Felony), Sexual Abuse 1st Degree (D Felony), Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance (C Felony), and Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child (D Felony);

Tiffany Jamieson of Binghamton: Two counts of Criminal Sexual Act 2nd Degree (D Felony);

Richard Tallarida of Elmira: Criminal Sexual Act 2nd Degree (D Felony), Rape 2nd Degree (D Felony), Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance (C Felony), and Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child (D Felony);

Zackery Crissell of Elmira: Rape 2nd Degree (D Felony) and Criminal Sexual Act 2nd Degree (D Felony);

Wayne Niles of Elmira: Rape 2nd Degree (D Felony);

Aaron Labar of Prattsburgh: Sexual Abuse 1st Degree (D Felony) but the charges has been returned to local court and will be amended to Sexual Abuse 2nd Degree (A Misdemeanor);

Stephanie Ridley of Dundee: Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance (C Felony) and Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child (D Felony)

Five other individuals have pleaded guilty to the following charges:

Brittany Skinkle of Elmira: Criminal Sexual Act 1st Degree (B Felony);

Gregory Scears of Elmira: Rape 3rd Degree (E Felony);

Summer Elliott of Elmira: Criminal Sexual Act 2nd Degree (D Felony) and Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance (C Felony);

Steven Sherman of Elmira: Rape 3rd Degree (E Felony);

Kayla Montgomery of Olean: Criminal Sexual Act 1st Degree (B Felony)

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