Newport, NC-- The man accused of abducting a 12-year-old girl and taking her to Florida had planned to marry her.
That's according court documents obtained by WRAL TV. The documents state that Timothy Howard Newman, 38 told investigators he and the girl hatched a plan to run away together and get married.
The criminal complaint affidavit was filed in Florida U.S. District Court on Thursday. Newman who is a registered sex offender is being held without bond while he awaits extradition to North Carolina.
Newman is charged with Child Abduction, Grand Theft Auto and Violating Probation.
He was arrested Wednesday in Hallandale Beach, Fla., following a three-day, multi-state search after an Amber Alert was issued for the 12 year-old girl.
According to WRAL, Newman told investigators after his arrest that he planned to marry the girl and admitted he knew her age. Newman statements in the affidavit said he initially met the girl when she was 5 years old. Newman said the two sent each other naked photos and videos. Newman also admitted to multiple sexual encounters with the juvenile.
A judge ordered that the girl undergo a thorough medical examination before she returns home to Carteret County. Her father reported her missing on Monday and told the Carteret County Sheriff's Office that he believed she was with Newman, who is also a family friend.
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Newman was convicted of two counts of sex offenses in Stokes County in 2004. The victim in that case was 13.