Authorities say a 39-year-old man convicted of sexually abusing two Amish girls in northern New York to make pornography has pleaded guilty to kidnapping in the case.
Stephen Howells and girlfriend Nicole Vaisey were charged by federal prosecutors with coercing and sexually exploiting the girls and some other children.
Both have pleaded guilty to child pornography charges, remain jailed and await sentencing.
On Friday in St. Lawrence County Court, Howells also admitted he pushed the girls into the car Vaisey was driving.
Howells lured the girls with a dog.
He faces 25 years in prison. Vaisey has also pleaded guilty to kidnapping.
The Amish girls, then 7 and 11, were abducted Aug. 13 from their family’s roadside farm stand.
They were released from the couple’s home the next day.
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