Timothy Jay Vafeades would allegedly file down the girls’ teeth to change their appearances as well as physically and sexually abuse them. Authorities also reportedly found hard drives in Vafeades' truck containing hundreds of photos and videos of child pornography.
According to his arrest warrant, the 54-year-old brought a 19-year-old female relative to work with him on his truck in May 2013 and forced her to stay with him for six months.
While they made their way through states including Texas, Tennessee, Washington and Nevada, Vafeades allegedly forced the girl to have sex with him more than 100 times.
When he was arrested in Minnesota on Nov. 26, a second woman came forward and told law enforcement officials she had been forced to stay in Vafeades’ truck against her will.
He is so far charged with kidnapping, transportation for illegal sexual activity and possession of child pornography. Vafeades appeared in court North Dakota on Wednesday and will shortly be on his way to Utah for another court appearance. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in jail.
[Salt Lake Tribune]
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