Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Canadian Man Charged with Transporting Minor for Sex

WICHITA, KS—A Canadian man has been charged with picking up a 12-year-old girl in El Dorado, Kansas, and taking her out of state for the purpose of having sex with her, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Stewart Kenneth Cody McGill, 20, Bewdley, Ontario, is charged with one count of transporting a minor out of state for the purpose of having sex. A criminal complaint filed today in U.S. District Court in Wichita alleges that on May 31, the girl’s father reported to the El Dorado Police Department that she was missing from home.

Investigators tracked the girl’s cell phone to an area near Potterville, Michigan. At about 2:45 p.m. on June 1, police located McGill’s car on the shoulder of a dirt road in rural Michigan. He was arrested and the girl was taken into protective custody. Investigators learned McGill had met the girl online playing “World of Warcraft” and had struck up a relationship with her.

If convicted, McGill faces a maximum penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life. The FBI and the El Dorado Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

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