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Man who took girl to New York held for court

Published July 30. 2010 05:00PM

A New York man arrested in connection with the departure of a 16-year-old Carbon County girl in May will have his case heard in court.

Heriberto Vadi, 34, of Brooklyn, NY, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

However, Vadi plans to enter a guilty plea when his case is heard before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas on Sept. 7.

Vadi faces charges of interference with custody of children, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors. He remains free in lieu of $50,000 unsecured bail he posted through a bail bondsman.

Emily Shook, 16, of Towamensing Township, was reported missing May 8. She was returned to her home around 11 p.m. May 10, state police said.

State police said they found no evidence of foul play or a struggle at her home at the time of Shook's disappearance.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police trooper Patrick J. Finn:

On May 8, at around 10:14 p.m., Shook's mother contacted Pennsylvania State Police at Lehighton and advised that her daughter was missing from her residence, according to the affidavit.

Shook's mother said that Shook had been contacting numerous males through numerous chat rooms and applications on the Internet, primarily "America Online Instant Messenger", utilizing the online name of "itsembaybee", the affidavit says.

Finn observed Shook's laptop computer in her bedroom. The laptop was powered off.

On May 10, Finn and trooper Scott Sotack of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Computer Crimes Unit contacted America Online and requested immediate notification if Shook accessed her online account.

Finn learned that Shook has accessed her account on May 9 at about 1:14 a.m., and that the access occurred in Brooklyn, N.Y., from a residential account. The Internet Protocol Number was also provided to Finn.

Through the use of the Internet Protocol Number, Sotack was able to determine that Shook had been conversing on AOL Instant Messenger with a subject utilizing a screen name. The subject was later identified as Heriberto Vadi Jr., the son of Vadi.

Finn then learned that the Internet Service Provider "Roadrunner" was being utilized by Vadi Jr. Finn then learned the complete physical address of Vadi Jr's residence, 231 Hoyt Street, Apartment 3B, Brooklyn, NY, from "Roadrunner".

On May 10, at about 7 a.m., Finn contacted the New York City Police Department and requested that they respond to that address to search for Shook. Shook was located there along with Vadi Jr., and his father, Vadi.

Finn learned that Shook had concocted a plan with Vadi Jr. via AOL Instant Messenger in which he would be driven to an area near her residence by Vadi. Shook then left her residence and entered the Vadi's vehicle. Vadi then drove Shook to his residence without the knowledge or consent of Shook's parents.

Shook remained at Vadi's residence and in his custody without Shook contacting her parents for a period of about 48 hours until she was taken into protective custody by the New York City Police Department.

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