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A Connecticut man who, court documents say, tried to enter Canada with a 16-year-old girl he allegedly abducted in his home state, has been charged with kidnapping.

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A complaint filed Friday in US District Court in Burlington said a 19-year-old man was caught by US border agents at the Highgate Springs Port of Entry on Thursday after he and the girl were denied entry into Canada.

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The complaint said the girl told border agents that she had voluntarily met the suspect on Wednesday, but he forcibly sexually assaulted her and then held her against her will.

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Court documents said on Wednesday night the girls said they were tied with shoelaces and thrown into the trunk of the car they were in.

As they approached the border, the girl was taken to the front seat and the suspect told her to “act normal” and “go with the story”.

Separately, Vermont state police said the girl thought she might be a witness when she was taken from the trunk of a car and placed in the back seat of a convenience store on Interstate 89 in Colchester. A surveillance camera recorded the suspect’s photo at the convenience store around 3:40 a.m. Thursday.

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He was returned to the United States by Canadian authorities because he did not have valid COVID-19 tests.

The girl’s parents had reported her missing and border agents said they found evidence consistent with the incidents of the girl in the car.

The suspect is being held in a Vermont prison.

Court documents did not list an attorney for the suspect, but an email sent to the federal public defender in Vermont was not immediately returned.