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42-year-old woman jailed for attempting to sexually abuse three children on different occasions

By Mason White 4:34 PM July 31, 2017
Shelly Mattson
Shelly Mattson
By: Mason White

A woman who is attracted to young children, tried the sexually abuse three kids.

42-year-old Shelly Mattson of Pennsylvania, faced seven different charges, which would have resulted in a very long prison term.

However, in a plea deal with prosecutors, Mattson pleaded guilty to two felony counts of unlawful contact and one felony count of solicitation of sexual assault, along with two misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors , attempted indecent assault, and solicitation of indecent assault.

Lancaster County Judge Merrill Spahn Jr. sentenced her to serve 3 and a half to 10 years in prison.

Spahn called the crimes every parent’s “worst nightmare.”

According to Assistant District Attorney Fritz Haverstick, the crimes occurred over a period of two weeks at three different locations in Lancaster.

Thankfully, she was unable make physical contact with the children, Haverstick said.

According to court records, in one incident, Mattson attempted to touch a 6-year-old boy at a store on South Queen Street. The boy ran away and told his mother.

Days later, she tried to lure a 3-year-old girl with a stuffed animal and reached for the child’s leg. However, a relative saw the interaction and intervened. The incident occurred on West Chestnut Street.

Later, Mattson made a sexual comment to a 12-year-old boy on West Orange Street. The boy fled and reported the incident.