ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOV ) – A man accused of taking off with a missing 16-year-old girl in January now faces more charges after he allegedly had sex with her.
Benjamin Kinkade, 27, was indicted by a grand jury on Friday on charges of second-degree statutory rape, second-degree child molestation and first-degree trespassing.
Police said they began searching for Kinkade after the teenage girl was reported missing by her parents Jan. 14 after they dropped her off at work. Her parents later found out she was not scheduled to work that day.
Surveillance video reportedly showed the she left the Kentucky Fried Chicken, located at 1699 Jungermann Road, on foot and headed in an unknown direction with Kinkade.
Investigators said Kinkade’s family was open and cooperative with the investigation, and a member of the family called the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department wanting to turn in him and the teen. Police arrived at the residence of the family member who contacted authorities, and discovered the girl was safe and had no visible injuries.
On Jan. 16, the girl’s father reportedly picked her up in Monroe County.
According to the teen’s family, she and Kinkade met at the KFC, where he worked as a manager. The family said he was fired in December when police caught him and the teen together, and police learned of his criminal history.
Kinkade was released from the St. Charles County jail on Feb. 5 after posting $50,000 bond.
He had already pleaded guilty to first-degree statutory rape in 2005 and was convicted of for having sex with a 12-year-old girl in 2002 when he was 17.