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Sep 23, 2015 6:07 PM

Teen girl allegedly sold for sex finishes testimony against Shine


CONCORD - A teenage girl who was allegedly sold for sex finished her testimony against William Shine Wednesday at Merrimack County Superior Court.

The girl testified that when she first met Anthony O'Hickey, who was working as a police informant, she thought he was kind.

The girl revealed that she understood she could marry him then, or when she turned 18-years-old. She was just 14-years-old at the time.

Despite her young age, there was an expectation for sex, she said. Shine, 34, and his wife, Julie, 42, became upset when she told them she did not want to become intimate with O'Hickey.

"If I did, he might pay more," she explained.

Over the course of a few weeks in the fall of 2014, Julie Shine allegedly sent O'Hickey photos and explicit messages, saying they were from the teen.

The girl said she did not want to go along with the plan, but it felt as if she had no choice but to become a child bride.

"It felt like they had my life planned out already, and that it was just going to happen one way or another," she said.

Shine's attorney, Emma Sisti, emphasized the benefits of an arranged marriage during her cross-examination of the girl.

"You were told that this arrangement would allow you to have everything you ever wanted, right?" Sisti asked.

"Yes," the teen replied.

"That you would have the life you wanted?" Sisti continued.

"Yes," the teen replied.

"And that you would be taken care of?" Sisti asked.

"Yes," the teen replied.

"And that how to get that is, eventually you would marry him, right? And you didn't have to marry him right now?" Sisti pushed.

"No," the teen replied.

Sisti also got the girl to admit that she was told she was not "obligated" to have sex with O'Hickey as part of the deal. She painted the girl as bright and ambitious, without a way out of the poverty that surrounded her.

Shine is charged with three counts of child sex trafficking, and endangering the welfare of a child. Julie Shine is expected to go to trial on similar charges next month.

Testimony is expected to continue Thursday.

Follow Kimberley Haas on Twitter @KHaasNH1.


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