RENO, Nev. – An 8-year-old girl who authorities said was abducted by a convicted sex offender (search) celebrated her safe return home by sharing a group hug with her mother and older brother, and declaring "I missed you guys."
"I missed you guys," the girl said shortly after arriving at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. "Home is good. It's great to be home."
Aguerro, who had a romantic relationship with the girl's mother, is accused of kidnapping the girl July 22 from her home near Reno and sexually assaulting her.
She was accompanied on the flight by her mother, who had a romantic relationship with Aguerro, and Lyon County sheriff's Capt. Jeff Page.
"She's happy. She's overjoyed to see her mother," Page said. "She's a wonderful child to bring home."
The girl's name was reported as authorities searched for her, but The Associated Press does not normally identify victims of sexual assault.
Aguerro remains in the custody of Mexican authorities, who have said they want to try him on rape and kidnapping charges. If convicted in Mexico, Aguerro could serve up to 38 years in prison.
Page said he would turn over final results of an investigation later this week to District Attorney Leon Aberasturi, who will decide whether to charge Aguerro after consultation with the U.S. Attorney's and Nevada Attorney General's offices.
Aguerro, convicted in Los Angeles in the 1980s of lewdness with a child and served a year in prison, could receive life in prison without parole if convicted of kidnapping in the United States.