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Missing Carteret County girl found safe in Florida

Posted September 26, 2012
Updated September 27, 2012

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— A missing 12-year-old Carteret County girl, who was allegedly abducted by a registered sex offender, was found safe Wednesday in Broward County, Fla., authorities said.

Timothy Howard Newman, who is suspected of abducting Abigale Faith Lefevers, was taken into custody by police in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

An Amber Alert was issued Monday for Lefevers after her father reported her missing from their Newport home. The girl had recently been in contact with Newman, 38, who was convicted in 2004 of sex crimes against children in Stokes County, investigators said.

Investigators said they believed Lefevers and Newman were heading to Florida, and expanded their search southward as time wore on without Lefevers being located. 

The Amber Alert was issued in North Carolina on Monday and expanded to South Carolina on Tuesday. That alert was canceled around lunchtime Wednesday when the focus shifted to Georgia.

Officers stopped Newman's red Chrysler Sebring near a Denny's restaurant off Interstate 95 around 6:30 p.m. and took him into custody, authorities said. The girl is safe with police.

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  • piene2 Sep 27, 2012

    "What I'm saying is that while I know the LAW doesn't see a difference, I BELIEVE it should. In other words, I think the law should be changed such that it considers mitigating circumstances, such as age and willingness.
    Click to view my profile Lightfoot3

    This is sounding more and more like a date then an abduction.

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 27, 2012

    "Who knows...I only play a lawyer in message boards."- whatthewho


    I only play a person that watches Perry Mason. :)

  • whatthewho Sep 27, 2012

    I get you Lightfoot. I suppose that a forced abduction as opposed to unforced would also carry additional charges (physical assault?) that would add a legal penalty - mitigating circumstances or not. Who knows...I only play a lawyer in message boards.

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 27, 2012

    "You may have thought you had it all covered when you were 12" - foghat001


    I can assure you, that in my last couple years of middle school, I knew the difference between right and wrong and my parents held me fully accountable for my actions (good or bad). If I got into a car, it was my decision to do so. Would you blame anyone other than middle schoolers Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden for what they did at Westside Middle School?

  • foghat001 Sep 27, 2012

    You may have thought you had it all covered when you were 12, but that's just so much cow fertilizer.

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 27, 2012

    "Seems a bit of a contradiction." - whatthewho


    What I'm saying is that while I know the LAW doesn't see a difference, I BELIEVE it should. In other words, I think the law should be changed such that it considers mitigating circumstances, such as age and willingness.

  • whatthewho Sep 27, 2012

    Lightfoot: "I understand what you are saying legally", "I think the legal consequences should be different..."

    Seems a bit of a contradiction. If you believe there is no difference legally between willing and unwilling on part of the sex offenders culpability(and I agree), should not the legal consequences be the same?

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 27, 2012

    "She is twelve. There is no willing or unwilling." - 007 - GranCo - Forever


    I understand what you are saying legally, but I disagree with the level of culpability. At 12 years old I knew the difference between right and wrong, I knew that if I got in a car with someone it was because of my decision to do so. At 12 I couldn’t be tricked with candy, or ice cream, etc. While I don’t have any sympathy for the man, and think he should be punished in some degree, I do think the willingness of the girl should be a mitigating circumstance. In other words, I think the legal consequences should be different between a case of a 12 year old going willingly, versus being forcibly abducted while kicking and screaming.


    And hey back at ya!

  • Frogm3n Sep 27, 2012

    Regardless of whether she was wrong or left willingly with this man, I'm just Glad that she turned up well this could had turned out much worst. I hope she learns a good lesson from this and let the law throw the book a this 38 yr old man.

    Very happy for her family...God bless!!

  • Wags Sep 27, 2012

    malonem1

    Yes, lets blame the child. She should be punished. Of course, we need to make sure the suspect is treated fairly and has all of his rights preserved.

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