Minnesota man charged with kidnapping Kansas teen

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A Minnesota man has been charged with kidnapping a 13-year-old Kansas girl and taking her to St. Paul, an alleged crime that prompted an Amber Alert.

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said 23-year-old Dechon White was charged Monday with one count of kidnapping. Court documents allege White and the victim met online in February 2018.

White went to visit the victim at her home in Lenexa on July 1, McAllister said. He told the victim’s mother he was 16 years old. During his stay in Lenexa, he had sex with the victim.

On July 4, White and the victim told her mother they were going to a shopping mall. Instead, they went to a Greyhound bus station in Kansas City and took a bus to St. Paul.

After the victim’s mother reported her missing, police found White and the victim at his residence in St. Paul.

If convicted, White faces a penalty of not less than 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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