New Details Emerge in Kidnapping of 2 Amish Girls, Including Alleged Sexual Assault; Couple Arrested

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Two Amish girls who were kidnapped this week were sexually assaulted during the 24 hours they were held captive, law enforcement officials told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday.

St. Lawrence County Dist. Atty. Mary Rain said the victims, a 12-year-old girl and her 6-year-old sister, suffered the assaults after they were abducted near their family’s home in Heuvelton, N.Y., on Wednesday.

Stephen Howell II, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, are charged with kidnapping the girls. Rain said Howell and Vaisey had been charged with first-degree kidnapping rather than sexual assault because in New York the first-degree charge applies if kidnapping victims suffer an injury or sexual assault.

The Los Angeles Times and many other news organizations previously published the girls’ names, which were revealed when they first went missing, but The Times is now withholding their identities because of the sexual assault allegations.

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