Abduction suspect charged in case involving 14-year-old girl that prompted Amber Alert

An ex-convict accused of kidnapping a 14-year-old Rochester girl and taking her to New York City has been arrested on sexual abuse and other charges.

Robert Gonzalez was charged Thursday in Rochester City Court with criminal sex act, use of a child in a sex act, and sexual abuse. He's being held in jail pending his arraignment, scheduled for Friday.

Police had issued an Amber Alert Monday night for Joanna Coates, who was found safe in Brooklyn.

Authorities had said she was with Gonzalez and that they were believed to be headed for New York City.

The girl's mother, Linda Hollaert, told WHEC-TV that Gonzalez is a neighbor who started befriending her daughter last summer and tried to hang out with the teen.

The girl remains in New York, where she had been taken to a hospital for evaluation.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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