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Amber Alert canceled for Dewitt county teen

June 20, 2014 at 1:20 a.m.


The Texas Department of Public Safety issued an Amber Alert for a 13-year-old girl from of Yorktown about 9:45 a.m. Friday.

The alert was canceled about noon when the girl was found in Hondo, said DeWitt County Sheriff Jode Zavesky.

The teen was abducted from a friend’s house in the Cuero area at 5 a.m. Friday by a 34-year-old man. The man had dated teenager's mother at one time, but they parted ways when she learned that he was a registered sex offender.

After many attempts, Sheriff Zavesky finally reached the man on his cellular phone. He told the sheriff that the teenager had repeatedly called him Thursday evening asking him to pick her up. He said that the girl was a family friend who was struggling at home where she was offered little structure.

“I told him he had no right to her, that she was 13 years old, and with his history, he had to understand how things looked,” Zavesky said.

Although the girl currently lives with her mother, she has lived with man and his wife in the past.

The man was taking the girl to his family home in Hondo, but she did not have her mother’s permission to leave with him.

After his conversation with Sheriff Zavesky, the man had his father deliver the teenager unharmed to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office at the advice of his attorney.

DeWitt County Sheriff’s deputies traveled to Hondo to pick up the teenager and bring her home.

The man was not immediately arrested, and the sheriff’s department was considering what charges would be issued, if any, Zavesky said.

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