Accused abductor in court

Accused abductor in court

BEAUFORT - A convicted sex offender accused of abducting a 12-year-old Newport girl faced a North Carolina judge Monday.

Timothy Newman, 38, was in court Monday morning for his first appearance. Newman arrived at the Carteret County Jail at 5:45 p.m. Saturday. He was transferred back from Miami, where deputies found Newman and the girl after a three-day amber alert.

"Any justice out there will never be suitable enough for what he's done to my daughter," the victim's father, Robert Lefevers said.

Lefevers was not in court today, but said he will be there to support his daughter when the time comes.

"I'm not sure that she'll have to take the stand at this point, but she will have to be involved," Lefevers said.

Newman faces several charges in North Carolina, including child abduction, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.  If convicted, he could face 25 years to life in prison.

"Our intent is to fully investigate this case and to charge Mr. Newman with everything he can be charged with based on the facts of the law," Scott Thomas, District Attorney, said.

Thomas said more charges are expected against Newman as the investigation continues.

Newman's bond is set at $1.2 million. His next court date is set for October 26.

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