Craig N. Ross was indicted on four counts of predatory sexual assault against a child and five other charges
A man previously charged with kidnapping a 9-year-old girl in upstate New York is now accused of sexually assaulting the child, prosecutors said in a press release.
Craig N. Ross Jr., was originally charged with kidnapping on Oct. 2, two days after the girl had gone missing while on a family camping trip in Saratoga County, N.Y. The girl was riding her bike near Moreau Lake State Park in Gansevoort, N.Y., when Ross allegedly kidnapped her, authorities previously said.
The girl was found in a cabinet in Ross’ camper after the two-day search, New York State Police said at the time. Authorities said a fingerprint found on a ransom note he allegedly dropped in the girl’s family’s mailbox matched one from a 1999 arrest.
The match led police to the home of Ross’ mother, where the suspect was found in a camper parked in the rear, authorities said.
On Friday, the Saratoga County District Attorney said Ross had been indicted on nine counts, including one of first-degree kidnapping and four of predatory sexual assault against a child.
Ross pleaded not guilty to all nine counts, prosecutors say. He is next due in court Dec. 21 and will remain in custody without bail.
PEOPLE was unable to immediately reach an attorney for him.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.
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