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Swedish man deported for kidnapping 12-year-old West Virginia girl

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BLUEFIELD, W. Va. (WVNS) –

UPDATE: 11/14/2017 @ 4:45 P.M.

A Swedish man who came to West Virginia and abducted a 12-year-old girl was handed back over to Swedish authorities.

Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Adam Wolfe says Simon Apell, 19, pleaded guilty to abduction with intent to defile.

Once Apell made his plea he was handed over to a member of the Swedish Embassy. 

Apell faces justice from the Swedish government which has universal jurisdiction, which means the government is allowed to convict citizens for crimes that were not committed within the country.

Apell could face multiple charges in Sweden, including sex with a minor and using a computer to seduce a minor. If he is found guilty, he will not be allowed back into the U.S. 


UPDATE 11/2/2017 @ 5:00 PM

A case has been opened by Swedish authorities against a Swedish man who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

Simon Apell faces justice from the Swedish government which has universal jurisdiction which means the government is allowed to convict citizens for crimes that were not committed within the country.

A search warrant was issued for Apell's home in Sweden. According to George Sitler, Mercer County Prosecutor, if the Swedish government finds enough evidence to convict Apell, he could be deported.

"What we anticipate is he will enter a plea to a felony charge here. His sentence will be suspended, and he'll be returned to Sweden to face prosecution under their court system," Sitler explained.

Apell could face multiple charges in Sweden, including sex with a minor and using a computer to seduce a minor. If he is found guilty, he will not be allowed back into the U.S. 


UPDATE 11/2/2017 @ 10:30 AM

A man from Sweden who flew to the U.S. to meet a 12-year-old girl in Bluefield could be deported. 

Simon Apell traveled to the United States to meet the young girl with whom he formed an online relationship. Prosecutors tell 59News they are discussing a felony plea agreement with the defense.

 Apell is charged with intent to seduce a minor, soliciting a minor via computer, and third degree sexual assault. If a plea deal is reached, Apell could be deported and barred from entering the country. 


UPDATE 10/12/2017 @ 5:30 PM

A man from Sweden who flew to the U.S. to meet a 12-year-old girl in Bluefield waived the time limit on his preliminary hearing on Thursday, October 12th. Simon Apell traveled to the United States to meet the young girl with whom he formed an online relationship. 

Since the FBI is involved in the investigation, the defense decided to wait to see if the federal government wanted to take the case. Apell is charged with intent to seduce a minor, soliciting a minor via computer, and third degree sexual assault.

According to Anthony Heltzel, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Mercer County, Apell was not charged with kidnapping because the victim was believed to have left with the defendant under her own will.

"We were under reasonable belief that she voluntarily went with the defendant and since there was no taking away of the victim in this matter, there really wasn't a kidnapping charge," Heltzel explained.

If the federal government decides to take Apell's case, a new preliminary hearing date will be scheduled or this case could straight to a grand jury. 
    


UPDATE 10/10/2017 @ 10:20 AM

A man from Sweden is in jail after deputies said he kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl from Bluefield.

Simon Apell, 19-years-old, is charged with kidnapping, intent to seduce a minor, soliciting a minor via computer and sexual assault third degree.

According to the criminal complaint, Apell and the victim met on the online dating website OKCupid and had been talking for several months.

Apell flew from Sweden to Charlotte and drove to Bluefield to meet the victim. While going through customs, he listed the address of a motel in Bluefield as his destination. The complaint said Apell picked up the victim while she was home alone with a younger sibling.

While the victim was missing, officials learned more about Apell from the victims friends who told authorities the victim was talking about her boyfriend from Sweden and how the two planned to go to Mississippi to live together.

The complaint also states that Apell had bought the victim a package full of candy from a company based out of Colorado.

Deputies found the victim and Apell at a motel in Bluefield. He told officials when he first met the victim, he thought she was 18-years-old but when he later found out she was only 12-years-old, had already fallen in love with her.

The FBI and Mercer County Deputies are investigating the incident. Deputies said the Swedish Embassy is also involved.

Apell is being held in the Southern Regional Jail.


A man from Sweden is in jail after deputies said he kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl from Bluefield.

Simon Apell, 19-years-old, is charged with kidnapping, intent to seduce a minor, soliciting a minor via computer and sexual assault third degree.

Mercer County Deputies said Apell has no ties to the United States other than flying in to Charlotte, North Carolina and then driving to Bluefield to specifically meet the young girl. 

The victim was first reported missing on Wednesday, Oct. 4 and was found Friday evening with Apell in a motel in Bluefield. 

Deputies said the two met online and have been talking for several months through social media. 

At the time, it’s unclear if Apell knew the exact age of the victim. Apell is being held in the Southern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond. 

The FBI is also investigating the incident.  Deputies said the Swedish Embassy is also involved.  

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