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Child kidnapped from New York found in Lee County

Posted October 5, 2010 6:33 p.m. EDT
Updated October 5, 2010 7:01 p.m. EDT

— Lee County sheriff's deputies arrested a Sanford man Sunday, charging him with kidnapping, statutory rape, soliciting a child by computer and human trafficking of a child.

The Lee County sheriff said his office was tipped off by police in Canandaigua, NY, that a child kidnapped from that jurisdiction was believed to be at 825 Walker Road in Sanford.

When deputies arrived at the home, William Herbert Schliebener, 48, initially denied that the child was there but admitted her presence when deputies asked to search the premises.

The victim told deputies she met Schliebener online, and he agreed to help her run away from home. She said Schliebener picked her up at her home and had intercourse with her. She said he took the battery from her cell phone to prevent her from making calls.

Schliebener was being held under $500,000 secured bond.