3 men accused of helping 5 girls escape foster home charged

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LATROBE, Pa. - State police say three men helped five girls run away from a Westmoreland County foster home.
 
Brittney Dainty, 17, Danielle Dainty, 14, Cassie Dainty, 11, Hannah Dainty, 7, and Neveah Dainty, 2, walked into the Uniontown police station Wednesday night, police said.   Neveah is Brittney’s daughter, and the others are sisters, police said.
 
According to police, 41-year-old Joseph Sickler, of Pittsburgh, and 18-year-olds Jacques Johns Jr., of Uniontown, and Erik Spaziani, of Charleroi, were charged late Wednesday with five counts each of interfering with custody, conspiracy, and concealing the whereabouts of a child.
 
Channel 11's Joe Holden has learned that Sickler is a convicted sex offender on the Megan’s Law registry.
 
According to police, the five children were placed in foster care Tuesday night in Unity Township, Westmoreland County. Around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, the girls left the foster home.
 
The men are charged with helping the girls travel to neighboring Fayette County.   Court papers show the girls were picked up in a van driven by Sickler.
 
“I believe one of the oldest females, the 17-year-old was in a relationship with one of the persons involved.  They were talking back and forth willingly and basically gave the address of where the foster home was at,” said trooper Stefanie Plume.
 
Police said the men eventually dropped the girls off at the police station unharmed.
 
CYF has made arrangements for the children.