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Man Charged in Case of Mass. Teen Found in Rhode Island

Posted: Sep 13, 2013 12:29 PM by The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A Missouri man has been charged with child sex trafficking in the case of a developmentally delayed Massachusetts girl who went missing this week and was later found safe in Rhode Island.

Thirty-year-old Stephen Ardrey of Springfield, Mo., made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Providence on Friday. He was also charged with transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal activity. He did not enter a plea.

A judge ordered Ardrey held without bail. Authorities say he has a prior conviction for a sex crime.

Medfield, Mass., police have said 17-year-old Brittany Thompson was found walking down a Coventry, R.I., street "safe and unharmed" on Thursday. Authorities say she had been seen leaving the Medfield library with Ardrey on Monday.

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