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Charges against a Mt. Vernon man accused of raping and kidnapping a 15-year-old Idaho girl will be pursued in an Idaho court.
Andy Alan Vogt, 48, now faces Idaho charges of first-degree kidnapping and lewd conduct with a minor under 16. Bail was set at $1 million, according to court documents. Grant County Circuit Court Judge William D. Cramer Jr. gave Idaho officials 14 days to pick up Vogt.
“These crimes are based on conduct that is co-occurring with other more substantial crimes alleged in Idaho,” District Attorney Jim Carpenter said in a press release, adding that the case was transferred to avoid double jeopardy issues.
The girl, who went missing from Eagle, Idaho, was located at a home in Mt. Vernon after the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was tipped off by law enforcement in Boise. Carpenter said Vogt met the girl through a social media app.
According to an Oct. 31 press release from Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, the girl was taken into protective custody, and the occupant and owner of the home on Ingle Street in Mt. Vernon was arrested.
Palmer said his office received a request for an agency assist from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office in Boise on Oct. 29. Deputy Brandon Hutchison responded to Vogt’s residence on Ingle Street, where the girl was believed to be, and located her.
The investigation and search warrant service concluded in the afternoon of Oct. 31, Palmer said. His office was working with the Ada County and Deschutes County sheriff’s offices along with the Oregon State Police and FBI.
Vogt had been charged in Grant County with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree sexual abuse, along with a misdemeanor charge of pointing a firearm at the girl.
In the information filed Oct. 30 by Carpenter, the crimes were alleged to have taken place between Oct. 21-29. Carpenter accused Vogt of confining the girl in a place where she couldn’t be found “with the purpose of furthering the commission of or an attempt to commit the crime of first-degree rape and unlawful sexual penetration.”
Palmer said his office and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office would be working with federal prosecutors and the FBI for potential charges of interstate sex trafficking of a minor child.
“While the case is pending in Idaho, an ongoing investigation by the FBI may result in Vogt’s case being transferred to federal court,” Carpenter said.