PORTLAND, Maine – A 19-year-old woman who told police her parents abducted her and took her out of state to get an abortion wants to see her parents punished for what they did, the woman's lawyer said Tuesday.
Katelyn Kampf declined through her lawyer to elaborate on statements she made to police that her parents, Nicholas and Lola Kampf, tied her hands and feet outside their home in North Yarmouth, threw her in their car and abducted her.
"She has made known her position of what happened to law enforcement and she just wants the criminal process to see its way through so they can be punished for what they have done," said lawyer Sarah Churchill.
Prosecutors in New Hampshire dropped kidnapping charges Tuesday against Kampfs' parents, who were arrested in New Hampshire after Katelyn fled and called police from a cell phone. The move came a day after it was disclosed that Maine prosecutors had filed kidnapping charges.
In New Hampshire, Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams said his decision to drop charges was standard in cross-border cases. "While both states could prosecute for the offenses, it is not always efficient and effective," he said.
The Kampfs face up to 30 years in prison on the Maine charges, compared to a maximum of 15 years in New Hampshire. But Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson said she won't seek anywhere near the maximum sentence.
The complaints against the Kampfs were filed late last week in Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland, but were impounded until Monday so the Kampfs could arrange to turn themselves in. Police affidavits remained impounded.
Nicholas and Lola Kampf are accused of forcing Katelyn into their car on Sept. 15 and heading for New York with the goal of persuading or forcing her to have an abortion.
Katelyn, who said her parents threatened to kill her and themselves, escaped at a shopping center in Salem, N.H., and called police on a cell phone. Police found a .22-caliber rifle, duct tape and rope in the Kampfs' Lexus.
Her parents were charged with kidnapping and jailed in New Hampshire for several days before posting bail last week.
In Maine, bail conditions were the same as in New Hampshire. The Kampfs were freed after posting $100,000 cash bail apiece. They are barred from contacting their daughter and from leaving the state. They also were forced to surrender their passports.
Thomas Hallett, who's representing Nicholas and Lola Kampf, told the Portland Press Herald that Katelyn Kampf was an "emotionally immature and volatile child" who "lashed out" at her parents when they tried to help her.
Hallett said the parents told him that they and their daughter "were on the same page when it came to abortion" and that Katelyn Kampf even suggested a place where she could obtain an abortion in Massachusetts. He did not return a call seeking additional comment on Tuesday.
Churchill said Tuesday that Hallett's statements were "quite upsetting" to Katelyn Kampf but that her client stands by her statements to police in New Hampshire and in Maine.
"There are two sides to every story," Churchill said. "I believe that it's Katie's story in the end that's going to prevail."
The attorney sought to play down the role of race, which was raised by investigators. The parents' biggest concerns about Katelyn and her pregnancy, not her boyfriend, Reme Johnson, Churchill said. Johnson is black; the Kampfs are white.
"I wouldn't say it wasn't a factor at all, but I wouldn't say it was the primary motivating factor for what occurred," she said.