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Posted July 27, 2012 | 12 Comments
Man charged with abduction after girl found in his home
By Sally Voth -- firstname.lastname@example.org
An Edinburg man already facing a child pornography charge involving a local girl was arrested this week after the child was allegedly found in his home.
Bryan Dale Coffey, 40, of 12658 Old Valley Pike, was arrested Thursday and charged with abduction, Shenandoah County Sheriff's Maj. Scott Proctor said.
He said a 13-year-old girl was found "hiding" in his home on Wednesday.
The girl's family had reported her missing on Tuesday, and the next evening, "deputies located her hiding in Mr. Coffey's residence," Proctor said. He said it had been reported there was some sort of relationship between the two.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Deputy R.N. French spoke to the child's stepfather at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, and was told she'd been missing for about 2 1/2 hours.
The stepfather told French he thought the girl might be with Coffey, since he had recently been "ordered in court to have no contact with" her.
About an hour later, French went to Coffey's home, and Coffey told him he hadn't seen or spoken to the girl in a few days, according to the complaint.
"He stated he wasn't in [the area of her home] during the time frame that she went missing, and he was not going to speak to her because he was already out on bond and his lawyer advised him not to have contact with her at all," it states.
Deputies returned to Coffey's home on Wednesday, and he again denied he'd picked up the child and said she wasn't there, according to the complaint. But, he gave consent for a search of his home, and the girl was found hiding in a bedroom upstairs, it states.
Coffey had been arrested in late spring and charged with possession of child pornography. Court records indicate that case involves the same girl found in his home several days ago.
He was granted a $2,500 bond on May 31, and ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, according to court records.
On July 19, the charge was certified to a Shenandoah County Circuit Court grand jury, while a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor was dropped, according to court records.
Proctor said Coffey is being held without bond in the Shenandoah County Jail, and is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Court on Sept. 13. Proctor said the investigation is continuing.