12-year-old girl hoped to marry alleged abductor

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Timothy Howard Newman, 38

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — A 12-year-old girl who authorities say left her North Carolina home this week with a 38-year-old man expected to marry her alleged abductor, who had known her since she was 5, according to documents filed by the FBI in Florida.

Authorities say the girl, from Carteret County, was found by police Wednesday night in Broward County in Florida in a car driven by Timothy Howard Newman.

Newman is a registered sex offender in North Carolina and has been charged with child abduction.

Newman was convicted in August 2004 in Stokes County of two counts of sex offenses involving a 14-year-old girl.

In the current case, Newman was a friend of the 12-year-old’s family, according to the FBI documents.

“He admitted that he began a relationship with (girl’s name) approximately two months ago, but he had actually known (girl’s name) since she was 5 years old,” according to the FBI paperwork.

The 12-year-old and Newman began communicating in June and started a sexual relationship in July, according to FBI documents. The girl’s father, who once lived in Hickory, told reporters this week that he had ordered Newman to stop communicating with his daughter.

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