Police Charge Woman With Solicitation Of Young Girls

West Manchester Township Police charged a woman Thursday in connection with trying to recruit a girl inside a York Fair bathroom to become a stripper.

Police allege Kathy Lynne Hartman, 40, of Mechanicsburg approached a 13-year-old girl Sept. 12 inside a bathroom at the Toyota Arena. The woman told the girl she was pretty and gave her a business card for a strip club in Adams County.

Police charged Hartman with unlawful contact with a minor, criminal attempt to commit sexual exploitation of children, criminal solicitation to commit sexual exploitation of children and corruption of minors.

Hartman was arraigned Thursday before District Justice Daniel Garber and posted a portion of her $10,000 bail.

"It sounds like good police work, and it was made possible by a good employee and we're grateful for her effort," York Fair Vice President Gene Schenck said.

Schenck was referring to Dorothea Bennett, a bathroom attendant, who told police Sept. 12 that, earlier that day, she heard a woman tell two young girls she was a stripper and could teach them the "tricks of the trade."

The woman gave the girls - ages 10 and 11 - the business cards of an Adams County strip club, police said. Bennett intervened, telling the girls to "go to your mothers" and telling the woman to "get out of my bathroom."

Later in the evening, Bennett said, she saw the same woman - this time in a long blond wig and a different dress - again trying to recruit young girls.

Bennett identified the woman, and police questioned her. The woman told police she thought the girls were 18, Bennett said.

On Sept. 13, the 13-year-old girl told West Manchester Township Police that she, too, was solicited by the woman in a bathroom at the York Fair.

The 10- and 11-year-olds have not spoken to police, a news release stated Friday.

Police believe Hartman distributed numerous business cards advertising the strip club throughout the bathrooms at the fair, as well as at tables in and around the Toyota Arena, the news release stated.

Schenck said Friday he believed the fair's attendance was about 615,000 over 10 days, and, that in that time with that many people, unfortunately, things can happen.

"It certainly wasn't something we expect at the fair; it's not the kind of thing we want at the fair," he said.