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Mo. man located with missing Mass. teen charged with sex trafficking, report says

Stephen Ardrey
Cobb County, Ga. Police Dept. via CBS Boston
(CBS) PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Missouri man found Thursday with a missing Massachusetts teen has been arrested and charged with sex trafficking and crossing state lines to engage in illegal sex with a minor, CBS Boston reports.

Stephen Ardrey, 30, of Springfield, Mo., appeared in federal court in Providence, R.I. on Friday. He was found in Coventry, R.I. Thursday with the missing 17-year-old, who was unharmed.

CBS Boston reports Ardrey has a criminal record that includes being charged with pimping in Georgia in 2007.

The teen, from Medfield, Mass., who is described as being developmentally delayed, was reported missing Monday.

According to federal law, a 17-year-old is considered a minor. If convicted of the charges against him, Ardrey could face life in prison. He was ordered held without bail and no other details surrounding the investigation were revealed.

Attorneys for both sides refused to comment on the case.

Authorities searched a motel in West Greenwich, R.I., where it's believed Ardrey stayed with the teen, reports CBS Boston. The two reportedly met online.

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