A 16-year-old Aussie girl who disappeared from Sydney‘s north shore in April has been found living with a convicted killer in the US, after he allegedly spent months grooming her on social media.
Police managed to trace the schoolgirl – who was reported missing by her parents on April 11 after she failed to return to the family home in Lindfield – to a NYC home owned by the mother of 39-year-old Sean Price on May 12, following a joint investigation between the Australian Federal Police, the New York Police Department and Interpol.
It’s alleged Price groomed the teenager (who can’t be named because of her age) on Snapchat, where they met last October, exchanging nude photos for months before he transferred her $2,150 to buy a plane ticket to America.
His extremely lengthy rap sheet includes a 1995 conviction for negligent homicide, robbery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, criminal trespass, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Unsettling details of his ‘relationship’ with the teen have been heard by Brooklyn’s Magistrate Court, where Price was yesterday refused a bail application after admitting to having sex with the schoolgirl in several different states during a 12,000km road trip from Los Angeles (where she flew in) to Brooklyn.
The NYPD received intel from the AFP and Interpol that she was residing in New York on April 30, and she was found hiding with Price in the basement of his mother’s Brooklyn home on May 12.
“A number of inquiries were made by police who were able to determine the teenager had left the country and travelled to the United States,” confirmed the AFP. “The man was arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to his conduct and interactions with the girl and will face court action in the US.”
Price could spend 10 years behind bars after he was charged with third degree rape and transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
The teenager has been flown home to Australia.