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Ohio Authorities Arrest Man Accused of Abducting 15-Year-old from Paterson


A 35-year-old man pulled over earlier this week in Ohio was taken into custody after police determined that the 15-year-old girl in his vehicle had been reported missing out of Paterson.

According to authorities, Tuesday police pulled over a 2013 Nissan Sentra driven by 35-year-old Juan Carlos Morales-Pedraza, on westbound Route 80 in Lucas County for failing to move over.

Officials say Morales-Pedraza abducted and sexually assaulted the girl who had been reported missing out of Paterson.

Police charged Morales-Pedraza with the abduction and sexual assault, among other counts. He is being held in the Lucas County Correctional Center pending a hearing Thursday.

According to authorities, the girl was transported to an area hospital to get evaluated.