Franklin woman pleads guilty to collaborating to sell 14-year-old for sex
A Franklin woman accused of selling an underage girl for sex will serve 11 to 30 years in prison under a plea agreement.
Julie Shine 42, agreed to plead guilty to collaborating with her husband William Shine, who is serving 14 to 60 years in connection with the same case for trafficking in persons and theft by extortion, according to the Concord Monitor.
The Shines arranged to sell a 14-year-old girl to a police informant in November 2014. The informant, Anthony O’Hickey, testified last year that he got involved because his father, Ronald Martin, a felon and registered sex offender, planned to purchase the girl himself.
O’Hickey, who worked with police in an effort to protect the girl, offered to pay $5,000 under the pretense that he would take her to a hotel room and try to initiate sex.
Prosecutors claimed the couple were hurting for money and turned to trafficking as a quick, desperate answer. Defense attorneys claimed they were considering an arranged courtship, which is not a crime in New Hampshire.
Julie Shine still faces additional charges for allegedly helping William sexually assault another girl.