Man accused of taking teen from RI ordered held

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A 27-year-old man accused of a taking a 13-year-old girl from Rhode Island to his home in New Jersey has been ordered held without bail until a federal court hearing next week.

Magistrate Judge Lincoln Almond on Tuesday ordered Daniel Berger of Haskell, N.J., to be held on a charge of transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Berger did not enter a plea, but his public defender, Olin Thompson, told reporters there were serious mental health issues in the case and that his client was in a fragile mental state.

Authorities say Berger communicated with the Portsmouth girl online and that last week, he picked her up at her house and drove her to New Jersey. She has since been reunited with her family.

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