Cops: Missouri Man Held Teen Captive for Weeks

He faces rape, child porn charges in Nov. 8 kidnapping
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2015 11:37 AM CST
Cops: Missouri Man Held Teen Captive for Weeks
Christopher Schroeder   (Warren County Sheriff's Department)

A Missouri man held a 15-year-old captive in his home for weeks, forced her to have sex with him, and filmed at least one encounter, according to police. Authorities say a fake Facebook page led them to a home in Marthasville, 60 miles west of St. Louis, on Tuesday, where an Ohio teen was being held by 41-year-old Christopher Schroeder, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Police say the teen met Schroeder through messaging app Kik in late October or early November and complained she wasn't happy at home in Brooklyn. Police allege Schroeder picked her up in Ohio on Nov. 8, drove 600 miles to Marthasville without telling the teen where they were going, then refused to take her home, per the New York Daily News. He's charged with statutory rape, production of child pornography, and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Schroeder also forced his captive—whose case drew the attention of Nicolas Cage—to clean his house, cut her hair, and lose weight, according to an affidavit. Police allege Schroeder, who kept several guns at home, also destroyed her cellphone and banned her from using the Internet without his permission. Two cameras pointed at Schroeder's bed were seized from the home, along with footage of the teen, police add. Schroeder told authorities the girl had been driven to Missouri by someone else and that he believed she was 18, but the victim says she told Schroeder she was 15 both on Kik and in person, according to police. The Riverfront Times reports Schroeder's LinkedIn page shows he's an IT professional who lists "children" as a cause that's important to him. (More Ohio stories.)

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