Canadian Man Charged In Missing Girl Case

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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UPDATE: Monday, June 4, 2012

A Canadian man has been charged with picking up a 12-year-old girl in El Dorado, Kan., and taking her out of state for the purpose of having sex with her, prosecutors said today.

Stewart Kenneth Cody McGill, 20, Bewdley, Ontario, is charged with one count of transporting a minor out of state for the purpose of having sex. A criminal complaint filed today in U.S. District Court in Wichita alleges that on May 31 the girl’s father reported to the El Dorado Police Department that she was missing from home.

Investigators tracked the girl’s cell phone to an area near Potterville, Mich. About 2:45 p.m. on June 1, police located McGill’s car on the shoulder of a dirt road in rural Michigan. He was arrested and the girl was taken into protective custody. Investigators learned McGill had met the girl online playing “World of Warcraft,” and struck up a relationship with her.

If convicted, McGill faces a maximum penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life.

Prosecutors said McGill entered from Canada, was pulled over four times, and had his license taken away.

He was found with the girl, who was reported missing from her El Dorado home late last week. Authorities said McGill returned to Eaton County to retrieve his license and pay his fine when he was found with the girl.

McGill waived extradition during Monday's hearing. He will remain detained until Kansas authorities can retrieve him.

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