CHESTERTOWN — The Kent County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Chestertown man with kidnapping after he allegedly brought a 14-year-old female runaway from Georgia to his home and made no attempt to contact law enforcement or the girl’s family.
Brady Alan Hart, 49, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and violating Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order that forbids travel except for “essential activities.”
He was released from the Kent County Detention Center on April 24 after posting $20,000 unsecured bond.
A preliminary hearing has been set for June 8 in Kent County District Court.
Sgt. Stuart Lodge of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation.
The Chestertown Police Department, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, FBI and Georgia Bureau of Investigation have assisted.
According to charging documents, Hart told police he met the girl online about a year and a half ago. He said he had traveled to Georgia at least two other times to see her.
Most recently, Hart traveled to Georgia on April 22 to pick up the girl at her request, according to court documents. Hart told police he knew the girl had run away April 16 because he had been in contact with her since she left home, according to charging documents.
Police allege Hart knew the girl was the subject of a search by law enforcement.
Hart and the 14-year-old returned to Kent County in the early morning hours of April 23, according to police.
Lodge responded to a farmhouse on Bakers Lane as part of the investigation into a possible runaway. Hart was there. The girl was found hiding in a crawl space under the house, according to court documents.
The girl was taken to the sheriff’s office and was released to her mother, who came to Chestertown to pick her up, according to police.