Press Release Courtesy of Press Office
Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane’s office today announced the arrest of a Mercer County woman charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl, videotaping the abuse and disseminating the recordings to other individuals.
Carissa Lee Vadala, 19, 2385 Anchorage Road, Sharpsville, was arrested following an investigation by the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section. The investigation commenced after agents with the Child Predator Section received information from law enforcement officials in South Carolina.
“This is a disturbing case of a woman exploiting an innocent child,” Attorney General Kane said. “I commend the investigators with the Child Predator Section and their law enforcement partners in South Carolina for acting quickly to prevent this woman from committing further abuse.”
According to a criminal complaint, the investigation commenced after an investigator with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office in Walhalla, S.C. contacted the Office of Attorney General regarding evidence recovered during a separate child pornography investigation. The evidence consisted of a video that allegedly showed a woman sexually assaulting the 10-year-old victim.
Further investigation led agents from the Child Predator Section and officers from the South Pymatuning Township Police Department to execute a search warrant at Vadala’s residence. It was determined that Vadala was in fact the woman perpetrating the sexual abuse in the video found by investigators in South Carolina. She was arrested Friday.
Vadala is charged with two counts each of aggravated indecent assault of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a child, production of child pornography, dissemination of child pornography, sexual exploitation of children and indecent assault, as well as one count each of corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal use of a communication facility.
Vadala is confined to the Mercer County Prison after failing to post $250,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 8.
Attorney General Kane thanked the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for their assistance with this investigation.
The case will be prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Jessel A. Costa III of the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.