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Sex offender charged in Carteret girl's abduction

Posted October 15, 2012 2:59 p.m. EDT

— A Newport man was formally charged Monday with kidnapping a 12-year-old girl last month and taking her to Florida.

Timothy Howard Newman, 38, of 381 Bogue Loop Road, is charged with abduction of a child, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, two counts of identity theft and failure to report a change of address as a registered sex offender.

Newman was being held in the Carteret County jail under a $1 million bond, and authorities said more charges are pending.

The girl's father reported her missing on Sept. 25 and told the Carteret County Sheriff's Office that he believed she was with Newman, who is a family friend.

A multi-state Amber Alert was issued for the girl, and law enforcement agencies around the Southeast were put on alert for the red Chrysler Sebring Newman was believed to be driving. He was arrested Sept. 27 in Hallandale Beach, Fla., and the girl was returned home.

Court documents state that Newman told investigators that he planned to marry the girl, even though he knew she was only 12. The girl told investigators that she and Newman had a sexual relationship, and they devised a plan to run off together.