Research shows that Minnesota girls who run from their homes are not only more vulnerable to being sold for sex, but also face a higher risk of being raped or sexually abused in other ways. In Ramsey County, police, prosecutors, advocates, and nurses are focusing on runaways as they take on the broader fight against juvenile prostitution.
A criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County says police were called to a downtown St. Paul hotel earlier this week where they found the teen who has Asperger syndrome and the developmental level of a 13-year-old.
If Steven Cross waives extradition, he could be returned to Minnesota's Dakota County in a week or so. He's charged with gross-misdemeanor child neglect and could lose custody in a separate child-protection case.
Cross is also under investigation in an unrelated fraud case but didn't yet know that when he left town, authorities said Tuesday.
The mother of Eric Belliveau, 16, called police Monday to report that her son was missing. Officers discovered that the teen had been corresponding online with an adult female claiming to be from another state.
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