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Sex offender accused of fleeing with 12-year-old headed back to NC

Carteret County, NC -

The man accused of abducting a 12-year-old girl and fleeing the state with her is now in the extradition process.

Officials confirm Timothy Newman, 38, left Broward County, Florida early Friday morning on his way to Carteret County. He waived extradition. Newman had to deal with a grand theft auto charge in Florida before he could be brought back to North Carolina.

Meanwhile, the victim in the nearly week-long abduction case was flown back to North Carolina and is with her father.

Robert Lefevers told WBTV he is happy to have his daughter home, and the family doesn't want to do any interviews.

An affidavit released by the FBI states the 12-year-old North Carolina girl who was the subject of the multi-state Amber Alert was planning to marry her abductor.

The FBI reported the girl and Newman, a registered sex offender, were stopped earlier this month in Hallandale Beach.

According to an affidavit, Newman told investigators it all started when Lefevers discovered Newman messaged his daughter.  That led to Newman being arrested for violating his parole. After Newman was released from jail, the affidavit states he made contact with the girl and they planned to run away and get married.

The search for the girl started on Sept. 24 when the Carteret County Sheriff's Office received information from the girl's father that his daughter was missing.

The father told investigators he believed his daughter was with Newman, who he described as a family friend.

"My gut instinct was, I didn't know if I was ever going to see her again," said Lefevers.

On Wednesday, October 3, authorities say Newman used a debit card in Coral Gables, Fla. which then prompted an Amber Alert for South Florida.

Later that evening, an affidavit states that local law enforcement in Florida spotted the suspect's vehicle on Interstate 95 heading towards Hallandale Beach Boulevard.

"It just makes me sick," Lefevers said.

Authorities say they were able to identify Newman and the missing 12-year-old girl during a traffic stop.

According to an affidavit, the girl said she has known Newman since June 2012 and communicated with Newman through text messages, phone calls and personal visits. The girl told investigators that when she met Newman, he told her he was 37 years old and was a sex offender.

Child advocacy experts in Charlotte say abused children knowing the offender is common.

"Perpetrators are very good at what they do. They manipulate children and put themselves in one- on-one situations to develop trust and inappropriate connections with these children," said Amanda Wilson with United Family Services.

Wilson says children know their offenders 80 to 90 percent of the time.

The girl told authorities she and Newman began a sexual relationship with each other at the end of July. The affidavit states in September, she and Newman decided to run away together and planned their escape through text messages and other forms of communication.

Investigators say Newman picked up the girl and then drove through South Carolina then to Florida. The girl said Newman threw away both their cell phones somewhere in South Carolina.

According to the girl, Newman told her he knew he was in trouble and that he would go back to prison for being with her.

"This is a man who is 38, she's 12 years old. She doesn't know enough about relationships to know what love is," Lefevers said.

At the request of a Florida judge, Carteret County DSS is conducting an investigation.

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