Missouri man accused of kidnapping 16-year-old girl he met online

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PACIFIC, MO — A Missouri man is accused of kidnapping a 16-year-old Florida girl and attempting to make her “live a life of sexual slavery.”

According to KTVI, Investigators say 46-year-old John Rush, had an online relationship with the teen.

Police say the 46-year-old and 16-year-old were coming back to Rush’s Missouri home when deputies found them and arrested Rush. She was found 11 hours after being reported missing.

The 16-year-old girl’s mother told police she ran away from home on Thursday, May 28th. Her mother said they had taken away all electronic devices from the teen because she was messaging strangers.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office uncovered several people that the girl had contact with online. Police also found a cell phone that her parents were not aware of. The teen was using it to communicate with someone through e-mails, texts and other messaging apps.

Detectives were able to find surveillance footage of the girl’s neighborhood to identify Rush’s car — early Thursday morning, Rush’s car was seen at the girl’s home.

Police say they have evidence that shows Rush planned on picking the girl up on Thursday, May 28th and taking her back to his Missouri home.

After authorities contacted several law enforcement agencies, Rush’s vehicle was stopped in McCracken County, Kentucky. Deputies found a box inside Rush’s vehicle filled with several sex toys.

The teen girl was also found.

Rush tells detectives he has been in communication with the victim for three weeks and he is aware she is 16 years old.

According to investigators, Rush claims he was not planning on taking her back home, but he was going to let her parents know she is okay.

According to the Orlando Sentinal, Rush created rules for the girl online — telling her she would live a life of sexual slavery that included wearing a locking collar.

  • Rule 13 – Goodbye kisses are required.
  • Rule 15 –  Babygirl is to keep Daddy happy sexually.
  • Rule 17 – Babygirl will be given a locking collar. Daddy will have the key
  • Rule 21 – Contact with family or friends is strictly forbidden.
  • Rule 22 – Breaking these rules will result in punishment.

John Rush is charged with kidnapping and fugitive from justice in Florida. Additional charges are also expected from Florida and St. Louis County.

4 comments

  • Wilson

    Just your average everyday citizen from Missouri!!! What a freaking loser. Can’t wait till he goes to prison. He will be the one following his cellmate’s list of rules!!!

  • Colleen

    I wonder how many other girls he’s tried this with before finding one willing to go along with it.

    I have to say though…what’s wrong with teens today. I don’t want this to come out like I’m putting blame on the girl, but what was she thinking? In this day and age, with the news filled with stories like this, I don’t understand why she would have put herself in this situation. Seems like she was trying to rebel against her parents who must have been trying to do the right thing when they took away her electronics for messaging strangers. I hope she understands how lucky she is and what could have happened to her.

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