Woman accused of leaving grandchild with sex offender

From staff reports

A Seneca woman is facing a child endangerment charge for leaving her granddaughter alone and unsupervised with her husband, who is a registered sex offender.

Franklin state police said in a criminal complaint that Michelle L. Show, 48, knowingly left her three-year-old granddaughter alone with her husband, William Show, 52, also of Seneca, despite knowing he is a registered sex offender who isn’t supposed to have contact with children.

Michelle Show told police — after her husband was recently arrested for inappropriately touching the girl and possessing child pornography — that he had demanded to be the only person in charge of giving the girl baths or changing her diapers while she was under their care, the complaint said.

The girl’s mother told police she was unaware of William Show’s status as a tier three sex offender and that he had denied allegations referenced in his previous convictions, according to the complaint.

The girl’s mother also told police she had only allowed her daughter to be at the residence when Michelle Show was there and that she considered her responsible for the girl’s well-being, the complaint said.

Michelle Show has been married to William Show for 27 years and is aware of his convictions, according to the complaint.

Michelle Show told police she had left her husband and granddaughter alone on multiple occasions, the complaint said.

William Show admitted to police he has had inappropriate contact with his granddaughter, as well as other children, and he was recently charged with 33 felony counts relating to possession of child pornography, indecent assault against a minor and corruption of minors.

He was held for court on those charges last week in Venango County Central Court.

Michelle Show was charged with a felony count of endangering the welfare of children, and her preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Central Court.