Couple Accused Of Kidnapping Amish Girls Had Up To Seven Victims, Prosecutors Say

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A New York couple accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting two Amish sisters in August are now facing additional federal charges for abusing more children.

Stephen Howells, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, were charged with abusing three children together and Howells was charged with abusing four more children at other times, according to a new 21-count indictment.

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian says Howells and Vaisey sexually exploited three children between September 2013 and August 2014, the Daily News reported.

Howells is also facing six more counts involving four additional children and five counts of possessing child pornography.

The couple pleaded not guilty before the superseding indictment.

The Amish girls, ages 7 and 12, were abducted from the family farm stand in Oswegatchie, near the border of Canada. They were shackled and sexually assaulted before they were released the following day about 20 miles from their home.

Vaisey’s attorney Bradford Riendeau has said that his client was controlled by Howells in a master-slave relationship.

Sources: Daily News, NBC News

Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons / Shinya Suzuki, AP / Daily News