A man believed to be behind the kidnapping of a 13-year-old Herriman girl was recently charged in Utah’s Third District Court.
The story behind the alleged kidnapping has been slowly unfolding over the past several days. The girl was picked up by the suspect after she called him from a phone he gave her. She spent the next couple of days hiding out in his house; at one point he took her to an empty field while police searched his home.
Finally, the girl asked the man to drop her off at a store, where she called her family and asked to be picked up. Police have noted that even if she stayed at the man’s house willingly, her age makes her a victim regardless of her choices.
It seems that neither party in this situation made the best decisions, but does that mean that an adult who believes he’s helping a runaway should go to prison? Of course, someone likely has to be the scapegoat and the odds are good it will be the adult.
The man in question in this supposed kidnapping has been charged with two felonies and one class A misdemeanor. The felonies are first degree child kidnapping and second degree obstruction of justice. The misdemeanor charge is reckless endangerment.
Think Before You Act
Both people involved in this matter probably need to be slapped. Thirteen-year-olds shouldn’t run away from home, and 55-year-olds shouldn’t hide teens from their parents and police. A simple slapping won’t suffice for police, though; they will want to see that their version of justice is accomplished.
If you ever get into trouble with the law, your best move will be to contact a Utah criminal defense attorney immediately. Don’t let mistakes on your part (or someone else’s part) keep you from getting the legal help you deserve. Talk to an experienced legal pro who will have your best interests at heart and give you the aggressive defense you need.