Trial of Hermon couple accused of kidnapping Amish girls pushed back to July

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The federal trial for a Hermon couple accused in last year’s kidnapping of two Amish girls has been pushed back to July. The decision came following an agreement between prosecutors and defense attorneys in U.S. District Court in Syracuse Thursday. Thirty nine year old Stephen Howells II and 25 year old Nicole Vaisey are each accused of luring two young Amish girls from their roadside stand in Heuvelton on August 13 and sexually abusing them. The girls escaped the next day, leading to the arrests of Howells and Vaisey. Federal charges also accuse them of sexually exploiting three additional children and Howells is charged with possessing child pornography. Attorney’s in the case agreed to a 95-day “stipulation for continuance.” The federal trial was scheduled to start in May, but was moved to July 6. It marks the third time the start date has been moved.

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