Teen Charged With Attempting To Abduct 9 Year Old From Church

| July 6, 2009

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) – A stranger tried to abduct a 9-year-old girl during Sunday services at a Maryland Heights, Missouri, church. Detectives say it happened a week ago Sunday at Grace Church. They have charged James Edward Steen, 19, of Florissant, Missouri, with attempted kidnapping.

Police say Steen was walking around inside the building when he spotted a girl in Sunday School Classes. He told the church volunteer he needed to take the youngster to her mother. But, the volunteer became suspicious when Steen could not answer basic questions, like the name of the girl’s mother.

Police were called and Steen was arrested.

Authorities say Steen admitted his intentions were of a sexual nature and that he was going to take her from the room for that reason. Police say he has also been charged in Florissant with attempted sexual assault of a child under 14 years of age.

Detectives are trying to determine if there may be other victims out there. Steen was jailed on a $200,000 bond. 




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