Later trial date for New York couple in kidnapping of 2 Amish girls; plea deal offered

A new trial date has been set for the couple charged with kidnapping two Amish girls from a northern New York produce stand, while they consider a possible plea agreement.

Stephen Howells and girlfriend Nicole Vaisey were charged last summer with sexually exploiting the Amish girls and other children.

Their federal trial is scheduled July 6 on charges they coerced minors to make pornographic videos. They also face state kidnapping charges.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain says the defendants have been offered a plea agreement to settle both cases, which would avoid having victims testify. Terms were not disclosed.

Vaisey's attorney says everyone is trying to find a way to resolve this.

A call to Howells' attorney was not immediately returned.