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Ex-Marine on child abduction charge

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LONDON, England -- Former U.S. Marine Toby Studabaker has appeared in a British court accused of abducting a schoolgirl.

He was arrested in Frankfurt last month and extradited to the UK after allegedly running away with the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons. The girl was later reunited with her parents in Britain.

Studabaker, 32, from Constantine, Michigan, made a 15-minute appearance before magistrates in Wigan, northern England on Friday where he spoke only to confirm his name and age, according to the Press Association.

His solicitor made no application for bail and he was remanded in custody on the child abduction charge until September 2 when he is due to appear at nearby Bolton Crown Court.

A separate hearing is due to be held on August 28 at Wigan Magistrates Court concerning another charge.

Studabaker was discharged from the U.S. Marines this year after serving for more than three years. He was a lance corporal based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.


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