Bail set at $750K for soldier charged in girl’s kidnapping

This undated photo provided by the Craven County Sheriff's Office shows James Peele, a Fort Bragg soldier charged with kidnapping a 12-year-old girl who disappeared from her grandmother's home overnight and authorities say they had been communicating online. The Craven County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, that the girl's grandmother woke up Sunday morning to discover the girl was gone, but she found a ransom note on the girl's bed and her window open. (Craven County Sheriff's Office via AP)

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A Fort Bragg soldier charged with kidnapping a 12-year-old girl from her North Carolina home is being held on $750,000 bail.

Craven County Sheriff’s Office senior investigator Brian Peluso tells The Fayetteville Observer that bail was set for Pvt. 2nd Class James Peele at an appearance Tuesday.

The 19-year-old from Chesterfield, South Carolina, is charged with kidnapping, burglary and statutory rape. His next court date is Friday.

The sheriff’s office said the girl’s grandmother awoke Sunday to discover the girl missing and a ransom note on her bed. Investigators noted that Peele and the girl were Facebook friends and tracked them to Fort Bragg. Peele was arrested and the girl was reunited with her grandmother that night.

Peele’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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