Prosecutor: At Least Three More Victims


The accused kidnappers of two young Amish girls had at least three more victims, St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain told 7 News Monday.

No other details were immediately available. After the arrest of Stephen Howells II and Nicole Vaisey Friday night, investigators began an intensive effort to determine if Howells and Vaisey had victimized other children as well.

Court papers accuse Howells and Vaisey of intending to "inflict physical injury upon her or violate or abuse (the girls) sexually." Rain subsequently said both girls were sexually abused.

The girls were kidnapped from their home near Heuvelton last Wednesday, and released about 24 hours later near Richville.

7 News reporter John Friot also learned from Rain that recording equipment was present during the alleged abuse of the sisters, ages 12 and 7. Additionally, Friot reports, the girls were shackled together for part of their captivity inside a home on route 21 in the Town of Hermon.

Howells is expected to waive his right to a preliminary hearing this Thursday; it's not clear whether Vaisey will do so.

Investigators have left Howell's home on county route 21, after searching all weekend. Rain said investigators are searching through computer hard drives, files and other evidence collected from the home.

Friot learned investigators found evidence Howells was in the process of building a sound-proof room.

Rain said she is hoping to find a way the two sisters won't have to testify, possibly through plea bargains with both defendants

Saturday, December 10, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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