Dec. 15 trial set for northern New York couple in kidnapping, sexual abuse of 2 Amish girls

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SYRACUSE, New York — A December trial date has been set for the couple charged with kidnapping two Amish girls from a roadside produce stand last summer in northern New York.

Twenty-five-year-old Nicole Vaisey and her boyfriend, 37-year-old Stephen Howells, are charged with sexually exploiting the Amish girls and another child between September 2013 and August 2014. Howells is additionally charged with six counts involving four children at other times.

A federal magistrate on Tuesday scheduled their trial to begin Dec. 15 in Syracuse.

The charges against the couple from Hermon include kidnapping and sexual abuse charges stemming from the August abduction of the 7- and 12-year-old Amish girls from their family farm stand in rural Oswegatchie, near the Canadian border.

The girls were set free the next day.

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