Prosecutors filed a federal kidnapping charge on Monday against a man who reportedly kidnapped a 13-year-old girl on Independence Day, after meeting her online in February.
FOX4 reports that 22-year-old Dechon White is accused of buying a one-way ticket to Minnesota with pre-planned intentions of taking a girl who had just turned 13 with him. The pair met online and while the girl said she told White she was 16, White later admitted that he knew she was 13.
On July 1, White traveled to Lenexa, Kansas, where the girl lived with her mother, according to police. The girl’s mother allowed White to spend the night after he reportedly lied to her and told her he was 16. Prosecutors indicated that White had sex with the girl on the first night he stayed over.
On July 4, the girl told her mother that she was going with White to the local Oak Park Mall in Overland Park. Yet, the pair instead made their to a Greyhound bus station in Kansas City, Missouri, where they traveled together to St. Paul, Minnesota. When the girl failed to return home, her mother reported her missing.
A tip led police to White’s home in St. Paul. The girl was located safely inside the residence. While authorities questioned White, he allegedly admitted that while staying with the girl in Lenexa, they made place to run away to Minnesota together.
White is currently behind bars at the Dakota County Jail, being held on a $50,000 bond. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.
[Feature Photo: Dechon White/Police Handout]