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More prison for woman who used racial slurs, had loud sex
A former Red Lion woman, who was sentenced to 45 days in prison in April for directing racial epithets at her teenage neighbors, has now pleaded guilty to having loud sex.
Amanda Warfel originally faced a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge for a March 21 incident in which she had sex so loudly it caused a dresser and a bed in her neighbors' bedroom to shake, according to charging documents.
Next-door neighbor Tanya Saylor has said her two teenage daughters share a finished bedroom on the third floor of their Red Lion duplex home, which is separated from Warfel's room by a thin wall.
When one of Saylor's daughters knocked on the wall and asked Warfel to quiet down because the teen had school the next morning, the noise became louder, state police wrote in charging documents.
Warfel, 25, now of Biglerville, Adams County, appeared before District Judge John H. Fishel on Wednesday, when police withdrew the misdemeanor-graded charge and instead allowed her to plead guilty to summary disorderly conduct, according to court documents.
Prison ordered: Fishel sentenced Warfel to 45 to 90 days in York County Prison but gave her credit back to March 22, the day she was committed to York County Prison, according to Fishel's office.
That effectively means her prison time ran concurrently with a separate 45- to 90-day sentence Fishel handed down to Warfel when she appeared before him April 26.
She was supposed to have a preliminary hearing that day on charges ,including ethnic intimidation, for directing racial epithets at Saylor's children. Instead, the trooper who filed the charges agreed to allow her to plead guilty to the summary offenses of harassment and disorderly conduct.
Warfel could not resolve the charge from the loud-sex case when she appeared in Fishel's court April 26 because a different trooper had filed that charge. He was out sick that day and couldn't attend the proceeding.
'A living hell': Saylor said she and her family moved to Red Lion more than two years ago and couldn't be happier there — with the exception of Warfel.
"It hasn't been easy, I'll tell you that," Saylor said. "My family's a little different from the average. My husband is black, and I am white. ... My kids are bi-racial."
Warfel called Saylor's children racial epithets and said other inappropriate things to them, Saylor said.
"It's been almost two years of it," Saylor said in April. "It's been pretty terrible. ... She just makes life a living hell. It's got to stop."
At the time police filed charges, Saylor's four children ranged in age from 9 to 18. She said in April that her 15- and 18-year-old daughters' room was separated from Warfel's room by a thin wall.
"They don't sleep well at night," she said of her daughters. "There's constantly inappropriate things that go on in (Warfel's) bedroom."
The family has gotten the girls headphones and a television for the room to drown out the noise, Saylor said, and court documents indicate at least one of the daughters sleeps in a different room now.
Racial slurs: Asking Warfel politely to be quieter did nothing but antagonize her, according to Saylor.
"She starts calling my children n—s and monkeys and offers them bananas," Saylor said. "It was a daily thing until she went to prison."
Saylor said it's been especially hard on her 18-year-old daughter, who has been fighting cancer on and off since she was 10 and who already has a difficult time sleeping because she's ill from her treatments.
"She can't battle cancer in peace," Saylor said. "And her father is terminally ill."
Saylor said she doesn't want people to think she and her family ran to police without first trying to work out the neighbor issue on their own.
"We gave her a full year of trying to do it the right way," by politely talking to her and her grandmother, Saylor said.
Too much exposure: Saylor said what most angers her isn't Warfel's use of racial slurs, because she and her husband have taught their kids not to take such words seriously. It's the exposure her children have had to Warfel's sex life that most deeply disturbs Saylor.
"My kids know more than they should, including my 9-year-old," she said in April.
State police filed the ethnic intimidation charge against Warfel for a Feb. 28 incident during which charging documents state Warfel made racist comments to Saylor's 15-year-old daughter, including "monkey" and the "n" word.
'Persistent': Charging documents state Warfel was arrested "due to the persistent nature of her actions." Police had contacted her probation officer, who then filed a probation-violation detainer against Warfel. At the time, she was on probation in York County for a felony prison assault.
Her Lancaster County probation officer also filed a violation detainer against Warfel after she incurred new charges while on probation there for drunken driving.
Her defense attorney, Mike Fenton, could not be reached for comment.
Fenton has described the situation as a back-and-forth between neighbors, but Saylor said that's not true.
Fenton said calling someone offensive or racist names isn't enough to prove ethnic intimidation. There must be some sort of malicious intent or action as well, such as damaging property, having physical contact with a victim or threatening a victim, he said.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.