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‘Serial abductor’ accused of rape, kidnapping pleads not guilty

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Lorain man accused of abducting and raping a 6-year-old Cleveland girl and attempting to kidnap a 10-year-old Elyria girl pleaded not guilty to his charges this morning.

Justin A. Christian, 29, face charges of rape, kidnapping, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence.

Christian was issued $3 million bond.

Christian was arrested in Lorain Friday night by officers from Cleveland, Elyria and the FBI.

Christian is accused of trying to pull a 10-year-old girl from her bed through an open window at her Elyria home on Feb. 25. The girl escaped and was able to run to her father’s bedroom.

On May 21, he’s accused of snatching a 6-year-old Cleveland girl from her home on West 104th Street and driving her to a house where she was sexually assaulted. She was released later that evening.

A release states that during the manhunt that ensued, authorities gathered evidence and followed up on hundreds of leads. One factor that led to Christian was familial DNA evidence generated by BCI.

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