Man waives right to preliminary hearing in child abduction case

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A Lancaster County man accused of abducting a 5-year-old girl last month waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Monday. His next scheduled court appearance is Aug. 23 in Lancaster County Court.

According to police, Harold Herr, 73, of Conestoga Township, abducted the girl on July 11 from her grandmother’s yard in  Lancaster Township.

Authorities say Herr told the girl she was pretty and he was going to keep her before grabbing her by the neck and forcing her into his car.

Afterwards he ordered the girl to remove her clothing and threatened to kill her if she refused, court documents state.

About two and hours later –two teenage boys spotted the girl in Herr’s car and chased after him on their bikes.  Eventually–Herr let the girl out of the car.

He faces 11 charges in the abduction, including kidnapping,  sexual assault, corruption of minors and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child.

Herr remains in Lancaster County Prison without bail.

Investigators say Herr is a registered sex offender who served time for abducting and raping another 5-year-old girl in 1989.

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