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Sheriff: 18-Year Old Traveled to NKY to Kidnap Conner Student

A man was arrested on an attempted kidnapping charge on Monday at Conner High School.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office reported that a school resource officer at the Hebron school was alerted at around 11 a.m. about a possible situation involving a juvenile female student.

The sheriff's office later reported that Benjamin J. Margitza, 18, had traveled from Las Vegas to meet the girl after first encountering her four years ago via an online app. He flew to Northern Kentucky late Saturday night, the sheriff's office said.

Within the past year, according to the sheriff's office, Margzita contacted the girl and began to make explicit sexual statements while also obsessing about how he wanted to marry her.

Margzita contacted the girl in the school parking lot and grabbed her arm. She screamed and ran away but he followed her. A male student heard the altercation and intervened.

Margzita was located by the school resource officer in the back of an Uber as he was trying to leave the school's campus.

He later told detectives that he would have followed the girl into the school had he not been stopped by the other boy. According to the sheriff's office, Margzita claimed that it was his intent to convince the victim to engage in sexual intercourse at his hotel.

Margzita was lodged at the Boone County Detention Center without bond. He was also charged with third degree criminal trespassing.

-Staff report

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