Man sentenced to 19 years in prison for abduction of Nebraska teen
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Colorado man has been sentenced to 19 years in federal prison for grooming a teenage Nebraska girl in online chats before taking her from her Lincoln home and driving her to his home in a Denver suburb.
Nathan Kempter, 34, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was sentenced Wednesday in Lincoln’s federal court, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. In September, a jury found Kempter guilty of enticement of a minor and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
Prosecutors said Kempter met the 14-year-old girl in the summer of 2019 in an online chat platform and exchanged messages for more than a week before Kempter drove to Lincoln, picked her up and drove back to Colorado, where he had told the girl she would live with him. Police were able to find the girl about eight hours after she was taken by tracking her cellphone.
The girl testified at Kempter’s trial that while he had been kind during their online chats, he turned abusive once she was in his car. She testified she was afraid Kempter intended to kill her.