Sex charges over Amish girls' abduction

Last updated 08:21 18/08/2014
Stephen Howells
St Lawrence County Sheriff's Office
Stephen Howells
Nicole Vaisey
St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office
Nicole Vaisey

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Further charges are planned against a US couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters and sexually assaulting them.

St Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain on Sunday (local time) said computer hard drives and other evidence were still being collected from the northern New York home of Stephen Howells Jr and Nicole Vaisey.

The pair was arrested on Friday and charged with kidnapping with the intent to physically or sexually abuse the 7-year-old and 12-year-old sisters.

Rain says she "100 per cent" expects more charges, which could come on Monday or at a court hearing on Thursday.

The sisters were abducted last Wednesday from a farm stand in front of the family's home in Oswegatchie.

Rain said the girls were sexually assaulted before being set free on Thursday.

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