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Swedish national enters plea, going back to Sweden

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A Swedish man who traveled to Bluefield to seduce a 12-year-old girl entered a guilty plea in court.

Simon Tim Apell, 19, of Vanersborg, Sweden was convicted of abduction with intent to defile in Mercer County on Thursday. According to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Holly Flanigan, the charge carries a 3-10 year prison sentence.

Apell was immediately turned over to Swedish officials and will return to his home country where he faces additional charges. Apell will never be allowed back in the U.S. 

Apell was arrested back in October after he was found at a local hotel with a missing 12-year-old girl. He was originally charged with use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor, soliciting a minor via computer, and sexual assault in the third degree. Click here to read a previous report. 

The plea hearing was held in front of Circuit Court Judge Derek Swope. 

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