Two children kidnapped for sexual abuse after meeting scheduled online in New York
A teenager was arrested in New Jersey for allegedly kidnapping two children from a New York home for the purpose of sexual exploitation after contacting one of the victims online, according to the police.
The unidentified 19-year-old suspect is a Cherry Hill resident, New Jersey, according to the New York State Police (NYSP). He was arrested and charged with two counts of kidnapping, attempted rape, attempted criminal sexual act, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a minor.
The suspect, who was 18 years old at the time, allegedly abducted the children from a home in Schenectady (NY) on January 16, reported Pix11 ayer.
Both children returned home unharmed less than 12 hours after they were reported missing, according to NYSP. The link between the two victims and their ages are not clear.
New Jersey authorities arrested the suspect on October 28 and he was extradited to Schenectady County this week.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) warned since 2020 about an increase in cases of child pornography during the pandemic due to the lack of school, sports and recreational activity, and the greater amount of time adults and children spend online.
If you are a victim or suspect that someone is being mistreated, especially if they are a minor or elderly person:
- Call 911 or 1.888.NYCWELL (1.888.692.9355).
- Send the text message “WELL” a 65173.
- Check information in https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/es/
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