Woman pleads guilty to burglary in Cayuga County prostitution case

Shannon Terwilliger entered dwellings on two Venice dairy farms in 2017 — at one, she offered another woman for prostitution services, at the other, she stole a wallet.

Terwilliger, 38, who lived at 10827 Duck Lake Road when she was arrested by the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office in April, was scheduled to begin a week-long trial on Monday. Instead, she pleaded guilty.

On Nov. 29, 2017, Terwilliger and a female co-defendant entered housing at one dairy farm and left after the workers said they weren’t interested in prostitution services, said Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher Valdina on Monday. Then, the two entered a second home, covering their hands with their shirts as to not leave fingerprints, and stole a wallet and debit card from a man’s pair of pants found in the home while he was out working in the field.

The victim whose wallet was stolen alerted the police when he was notified by his bank that his card had been used at a gas station in Genoa, Valdina said.

The prostitution victim and Terwilliger’s co-defendant, was charged with fourth-degree possession of stolen property because she had used the card at the gas station, Valdina said. He believes Terwilliger likely gave her the card to use, knowing there would be cameras. The co-defendant, who has no criminal history, was highly cooperative throughout the prosecution and won’t be serving any time in prison, Valdina said.

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