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Jul 12, 2013 9:05 AM by Dennis Bragg

Man who abducted Kalispell girl sentenced to prison

Edgard Enrique Le of California, who abducted a 12-year old Kalispell girl last year and took her back to California, will spend the next decade in prison.

Le pled guilty in February to charges of "transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity".

His guilty plea came a year after he drove to the Flathead to take the girl from her mother and bring her back to California to get "married."

Federal prosecutors have said the pair met online and Le drove to Kalispell, taking the girl from her home and sparking a massive search that lasted for the next couple of days.

The two, along with a second man, were spotted by police as they traveled through Las Vegas and were arrested at the California-Nevada border.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the sentencing by U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen on Thursday, which included the 10-year prison sentence and five years of supervised release.

"When an individual commits a crime involving a child in Montana, law enforcement will use all available resources to apprehend and prosecute that person to the fullest extent of the law. As a result of the sentence imposed today and the incarceration of Mr. Lee, he will be prohibited from committing further crimes against children for many years. This sentence will also deter others from similar conduct. Due to the diligent investigation and rapid response of the law enforcement agents and officers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Las Vegas Metro Fugitive Unit, and the Flathead County Sheriff's Office, this young girl was extricated from a very dangerous situation," said U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter in a prepared statement.

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