A 32-year-old man found in Colorado with a 14-year-old Lincoln girl is awaiting extradition to Nebraska to face a child enticement charge, Lincoln police said Monday.
Nathan Kempter was arrested after he and the girl were found in Highlands Ranch just after midnight Saturday.
Prosecutors in Lincoln charged him with a felony that carries three to 50 years in prison if he's convicted.
Kempter, who lives in Highlands Ranch, which is 12 miles south of Denver, is being held in Douglas County Jail in Colorado without bond, but the Lincoln Police Department hopes to get him extradited to Nebraska soon, Chief Jeff Bliemeister said.
Kempter could also be charged federally in Nebraska or Colorado.
The girl's mother called police Friday afternoon around 5:20 p.m. after she learned that a neighbor had seen her daughter get into an unfamiliar red SUV near her home.
Police learned the teenager had told a friend she had planned to go to the movies that night and sneak out to meet up with an older man, according to the affidavit for Kempter's arrest.
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Investigators found a 13-minute deleted call on the girl's phone and worked with telecommunications providers to determine the number was Kempter's and tracked his phone to Colorado.
At 12:02 a.m. (MDT) Saturday, deputies found them in his vehicle at his home.
Bliemeister said Lincoln investigators traveled to Colorado on Saturday and are working with law enforcement to search Kempter's vehicle and home, as well as collect evidence.
The Amber Alert that went out Friday night actually had wrong information, Bliemeister said, as Kempter's vehicle was not an SUV with Texas plates. He said police had used information gathered from the teen's friends.
"With the benefit of hindsight, the Amber Alert and endangered missing advisory were not helpful in this case, and in fact, they provided additional obstacles for our resources to evaluate what was going on," Bliemeister said.
Bliemeister said he appreciated those who shared information on social media.
"This incident is tragic, and as the facts come forward, it's important for all of us to be able to know that we're thankful that she is alive, and hopefully the healing process has begun."
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