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$500,000 bond for Illinois man who drove to Texas to allegedly abduct girl, 14, he met online

Published On: Aug 23 2012 07:45:37 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 23 2012 07:49:51 AM CDT
RICHMOND, Texas (AP) -

A Texas judge has set bond at $500,000 for an Illinois man who drove to the Houston area allegedly to abduct a girl he met online.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office says James Wean Jr. was being held Thursday on a charge of attempted aggravated kidnapping. The 49-year-old from Pearl City, Ill., was arrested Tuesday night in Katy.

A detective this month began portraying a 14-year-old girl online after her parents noticed a suspicious exchange on Facebook. Investigators believe Wean planned to kidnap the girl and possibly take her out of the country.

A judge late Wednesday set bond and said Wean must surrender his passport, wear a tracking device and not contact the girl if he's freed. Jail officials had no information Thursday on an attorney for Wean.