Briton faces jail over abducting girl to France

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A British man on Friday admitted abducting and having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met on the Internet, and with whom he ran away to northern France.

LONDON - A British man on Friday admitted abducting and having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met on the Internet, and with whom he ran away to northern France.

Robert Williams, 49, pleaded guilty at Grimsby Crown Court in northern England to child abduction and having sex with an under-age person, and now faces a possible jail term.

He was arrested in January after turning himself in to the British consulate in Lille with the 15-year-old, who had disappeared from her home in England after meeting Williams online. The girl cannot be named for legal reasons.

Williams had previously been convicted of burglary, theft and driving offences, the court heard. He will be sentenced on June 11.

"You pleaded guilty to two very serious offences, as no doubt you are well aware," said judge Andrew Campbell. "The sentencing judge quite clearly will be imposing a custodial sentence, no doubt of some length."

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