Judge decides Rebecca Spencer’s family situation outweighs necessity of prison time for neglect

GREENFIELD — Rebecca Spencer was sentenced to 18 months of probation Friday after special Judge David Riggins said the chance of her neglecting children and failing to report abuse again are “zero.”

Spencer, 48, of New Palestine, was found guilty last month of two felony counts of neglect and one misdemeanor count of failure to report.

Her case was closely connected to her ex-husband’s, in which Michael Spencer was convicted of child molesting and sentenced to 100 years. Rebecca Spencer was accused of knowing about the abuse but failing to report it.

Rebecca Spencer, a former Hancock County probation officer, spent the previous 23 days in a jail in Hamilton County. While Hancock County Deputy Prosecutor Tami Napier suggested her sentence be one year in jail and one year on probation, Riggins said he didn’t think additional time in jail is necessary.

“I just don’t see the purpose in it,” said Riggins. “I think you need to get back to your family.”

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