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Soldier gets 12 years for sex with girl, staged kidnapping

According to North Carolina officials, a soldier has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for taking a juvenile across state lines.
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Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 4:53 PM EDT
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NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) - A soldier who was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for taking a 12-year-old across state lines for sex after staging her kidnapping.

WRAL reports that Pvt. James Murdock Peele was sentenced on Tuesday. The 22-year-old was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade.

Authorities say the case began in 2018 when a woman in Craven County reported her granddaughter missing. She said she found a ransom note demanding $20,000. Authorities said they tracked Peele down because he was listed as the girl’s boyfriend on Facebook.

FBI agents said the girl told them that Peele knew her age.

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