ST. LOUIS – A grand jury charged a former pizzeria manager Wednesday with kidnapping and armed criminal action against a 13-year-old who was found in the man's apartment with another missing boy.
The indictment, which had been expected, accuses Michael Devlin, 41, of using a deadly weapon in snatching Ben Ownby on Jan. 8, four days before police found him and Shawn Hornbeck, 15, who had been missing for four years.
Franklin County prosecutor Robert Parks would not comment on the indictment.
Police have charged Devlin with kidnapping and armed criminal action in Washington County, where Shawn was abducted, and with 71 felony counts in St. Louis alleging he restrained and sodomized both boys.
While it is The Associated Press' policy not to identify alleged victims of sexual abuse in most cases, the boys' stories have been widely publicized and their names are now well-known. Also, their families have gone public, conducting media interviews.
Devlin's lawyer, Ethan Corlija, said he expects indictments in St. Louis County and Washington County.
Devlin is being held in the Franklin County jail in lieu of $1 million (euro760,000) bail.