Wisconsin man charged with sexual assault of girl from Joplin, Mo. who went missing

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Published: Nov. 14, 2020 at 8:06 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2020 at 11:49 AM CST
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JOPLIN, Mo. (KY3) - A 19-year-old Wisconsin man is charged with sexually assaulting an underage Joplin girl who went missing in September.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that the man met the girl on an online gaming platform three years ago, when she was just 11.

According to a criminal complaint, the man drove to Missouri to pick up the girl, now 14 years old. The the complaint says he held her captive in his bedroom at his parents home, sometimes in the closet and sometimes in the trunk of his car. The complaint says his parents eventually found her and took her to police.

Joplin police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been working on the missing juvenile case since mid-September.

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