Adams woman guilty of failing to report child's abuse allegations


PITTSFIELD — A jury took about three hours to decide an Adams woman was guilty of failing to report abuse allegations from a teenage girl.

Heather M. Shurtleff, 39, was convicted Wednesday of one count of reckless endangerment of a child, but acquitted of one count of intimidation of a witness.

Testimony in her trial began Tuesday.

Judge John Agostini ordered her held without bail pending her sentencing hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Rachael Eramo, who prosecuted the case, told jurors Shurtleff did "absolutely nothing," when the girl, now 18, disclosed to her on two separate occasion she'd been sexually abused.

Those abuses occurred between Feb. 6, 2011, and May 20, 2014.

According to Massachusetts General Law, the maximum penalty for a reckless endangerment of a child conviction is up to 2 1/2 years in jail.

The abuser was convicted of rape and assault charges last year and sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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