Sicko Couple who Sexually Abused Amish Girls get Centuries Behind Bars
December 17, 2015
December 17, 2015
A New York man and his girlfriend were sentenced on Thursday to 580 years and 300 years in federal prison, respectively, for drugging and sexually exploiting half a dozen young girls, including two Amish sisters they abducted from a roadside farm stand, according to court records.
Stephen Howells and Nicole Vaisey had pleaded guilty in May to numerous child pornography counts in federal court in Syracuse, admitting they abused six girls ranging in age from 5 to 11.
November 27, 2015
Federal prosecutors are seeking a maximum 580-year prison sentence for a man who sexually abused six children, including two Amish girls he kidnapped in northern New York.
Stephen M. Howells, 40, and Nicole Vaisey, 26, admitted in May that they sexually exploited children. Authorities say victims were drugged and recorded during sex acts.
November 24, 2015
Syracuse, New York - A man who kidnapped and sexually abused two Amish girls in northern New York last year initially believed he wasn't hurting them because he didn't consider them real people, his lawyer said in court papers filed today.
Stephen Howells II told federal probation workers that he believed the girls were "two-dimensional characters of people," according to a sentencing memorandum filed by his lawyer, Randi Bianco.
September 27, 2015
Syracuse, New York – A couple who kidnapped two Amish sisters near Ogdensburg, N.Y. won’t be sentenced until early 2016.
Stephen Howells II, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, were supposed to be sentenced this month on federal charges.
August 13, 2015
Oswegatchie, New York - One year ago, the Saint Lawrence County community was on high alert, searching for two Amish girls and the people who abducted them from their family's roadside vegetable stand.
In large part because of that community effort, the girls were found and returned home, and the couple responsible arrested. Nicole Vaisey and Stephen Howells II have since pleaded guilty to kidnapping and pornography charges.
July 17, 2015
Plea Deal Spares NY Amish Girls from Testifying in Kidnap, Sex Abuse Case
A New York state man pleaded guilty on Friday to state charges of kidnapping in the abduction of two young Amish sisters from their roadside farm stand, in what appears to be the last in a series of plea deals in the sexual exploitation case.
Stephen Howells II and his girlfriend, Nicole Vaisey, both from Hermon, New York, were arrested in last summer's abduction of the sisters, ages 12 and 7, from the rural Amish community of Oswegatchie near New York's border with Canada. The couple drugged the children, videotaped them being sexually abused and then released them the next day, authorities said.
May 8, 2015
Amish Girl's Kidnappers Staked them out beforehand, Drugged then after, Prosecturo Says
Nicole Vaisey spotted four Amish girls traveling in a buggy on a country road in July and sent a text message to her boyfriend.
Vaisey told Stephen Howells II in the text that she'd spotted four "pixies/princesses," a federal prosecutor said in court this morning.
April 6, 2015
Report: Suspect in Amish Child Kidnapping Planned to Kill the Girls
A suspect in the kidnapping of two Amish girls in St. Lawrence County planned on killing the girls, but his partner talked him out of it, according to a report.
WWNY-TV in Watertown says Stephen Howells’ girlfriend, Nicole Vaisey, convinced him to refrain from killing the children they allegedly abducted from a vegetable stand outside their family’s home in the town of Oswegatchie.
October 8, 2014
Accused Kidnappers of Amish Girls Charged with Abusing more Victims
The St. Lawrence County couple accused of kidnapping two Amish girls and making child pornography were running a child porn operation, exploiting half a dozen children over the course of almost a year, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian.
The U.S. Attorney's office today filed new charges against Stephen Howells and Nicole Vaisey, adding three more victims to the list. The charges detail 15 additional times that the couple or Howells, alone, made child pornography.
September 18, 2014
2 Suspects Accused of Kidnapping Amish Girls Facing Sexual Exploitation of Children Charges
The two people accused of kidnapping two Amish girls in St. Lawrence County in August are facing several charges, and federal prosecutors have revealed that there was a third victim.
U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian announced the charges Thursday for Steven Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey.
The two are charged with conspiracy to sexually exploit children and sexual exploitation of children. They are also charged with sexual exploitation of children for a third case that happened between 2012 and 2014. Howells is also charged with possession of child pornography in this case.
August 25, 2014
Amish to Build Garage for Pair Who Returned Girls
The Amish are famous for their barn raisings, when an entire community turns out to help a neighbor.
In northern New York, members of an extended Amish family plan to hold a "garage raising" for the couple who returned two kidnapped Amish girls to their home.
Jeffrey and Pamela Stinson tell the Watertown Daily Times ( http://bit.ly/1l8vUYL ) that the garage at their home in St. Lawrence County recently burned down while they were on vacation in Maine. The fire was believed to have been started by a stray cat knocking over a battery jumpstart box inside.
August 22, 2014
Devil’s Advocate: Couple Used Puppy to Lure Amish Girls in After they Planned to Make Girls Their Slaves
A woman who admitted to kidnapping two Amish girls with her boyfriend says they were on a ‘shopping trip’ for slaves.
The details of the girls’, aged 7 and 12, abduction was further revealed in a hearing Thursday for Nicole Vaisey in St Lawrence County, NY court.
Vaisey turned herself into police last week after she and boyfriend Stephen Howells Jr kidnapped the two Amish girls from their family farm near Oswegatchie, New York – luring them to a parked car with a puppy.
August 21, 2014
Police: Couple Planned to Make Amish Girls Slaves
Fowler, New York - A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday. Nicole Vaisey admitted she and her boyfriend, Stephen Howells Jr., got the girls to their car with an offer to pet the dog and he shoved the 7-year-old and 12-year-old sisters in, St. Lawrence County Sherriff's Sgt. Brooks Bigwarfe said. Bigwarfe said she told him they shackled the girls and intended to turn them into slaves. He said they released the girls about 24 hours later, frightened by news reports.
August 18, 2014
North Country Residents Embrace Amish in Wake of Last Week's Kidnapping
St. Lawrence County, New York - Two very different lifestyles are coming together as one community in St. Lawrence County following an extremely difficult and emotional situation. But last week's abduction of two girls brought the Amish and non-Amish communities in Saint Lawrence County closer together.
August 17, 2014
After Amish Girls' Kidnapping, Two Cultures Overcome Obstacles
Oswegatchie, New York - With the abduction of two Amish girls in St Lawrence County this week, two different cultures collided with unprecedented intensity. In the 40 years since the Amish first moved to this part of Northern New York, nothing like this abduction has occurred.
The encounter has highlighted some of the challenges each side faces in dealing with the other. With Friday night's arrest of two people who are charged with kidnapping the girls, the interactions between Amish and non-Amish, or "English" have only begun in this case.
August 16, 2014
Investigators Pursuing Other Possible Suspects, Victims in Amish Kidnapping
Canton, New York - Investigators are now pursuing other possible suspects and potential victims after two Hermon residents were charged Friday with kidnapping two Amish girls, according to St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells. “We feel that there was the definite potential that there was going to be other victims from these two,” Mr. Wells said. “There was a lot of thought process went into this. They were looking for opportunities. The motive was to take these girls from their home to victimize them. We were led to the house through information the girls provided and a lot of police work.”
August 16, 2014
Kidnappers Sexually Abused Amish Girls
Canton, New York - A couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters were prowling for easy targets and may have also planned to abduct other children, a sheriff said Saturday.
Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey, both of Hermon, were arrested Friday on charges they snatched the 7-year-old and 12-year-old girls from a roadside farm stand in front of their home near the Canadian border.
August 15, 2014
Couple Arrested in Kidnapping of Two Amish Girls
A couple has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of two Amish girls who went missing Wednesday night from their farm in Upstate New York.
Fannie and Delila Miller, ages 12 and 6, reappeared after 24 hours missing when they knocked on a stranger's doorstep 36 miles from their home in Oswegatchie, New York. They have since been reunited with their family.
August 15, 2014
Abducted Amish Girls Returned Safely
Albany, New York - Authorities say two missing Amish girls have turned up safe about 24 hours after they were apparently abducted from their family’s roadside farm stand in northern New York.
St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain says the girls turned up cold and wet but unharmed Thursday evening at a home in Richville, about 13 miles from where they disappeared in the rural town of Oswegatchie (ahs-wee-GAH’-chee).
Word of 12-year-old Fannie and 7-year-old Delila Miller’s return came shortly after about 200 people attended a prayer vigil at Cornerstone Wesleyan Church.
August 14, 2014
2 Amish Girls Abducted in Upstate NY
The St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has activated a New York State AMBER Alert regarding two young Amish girls abducted by a customer from their roadside stand. St. Lawrence County borders on the northeastern portion of Lewis County. It occurred on State Highway 812/Mt. Alone Road in the town of Oswegatchie at about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday. Here's a description of the two girls: * Fannie Miller is about 12 years old with brown hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 5-feet tall and weighs about 90 pounds. She was last seen wearing a dark blue dress with a blue apron and black bonnet. The victim is also cross-eyed. * Delila Miller is about 6 years old with brown hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 4-feet tall and weighs about 50 pounds. She was last seen wearing a dark blue dress with a blue apron and black bonnet. She has round scar on forehead and is missing front teeth.