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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Foreign military officers plead not guilty in attempted child abduction case

  • Two foreign military officers attending training at Fort Leonard Wood have pleaded not guilty to charges in an attempted child abduction case.
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  • Two foreign military officers attending training at Fort Leonard Wood have pleaded not guilty to charges in an attempted child abduction case.
    Court records state that Mohammed Mahmoud Omar Mefleh, of Jordan, and Antoine Chela, of Lebanon, are charged with enticement of a child and harassment and are being held in the Pulaski County Jail on $200,000 bail each.
    According to reports from the Associated Press, the defendants have pleaded not guilty.
    Both men were temporarily stationed at Fort Leonard Wood for military training purposes, according to Sheriff Long. Court documents state that Chela lives off Lafeyette Road in Waynesville and Meflah lives off Triple Lane in St. Robert.
    Sheriff deputies were called to the juvenile female's home on Oct.18 to investigate the incident.
    The victim told police that she was waiting for her younger sister at the bus stop when two men approached her on several occasions in an attempt to lure her into their vehicle, allegedly asking for sexual favors. Court documents state that the men asked the victim to "get into a car to go to a party and have sex."
    The responding deputies were able to locate the suspects and after investigating the matter, arrested Mefleh and Chlela. Both are currently being held in the Pulaski County Jail with a $200,000 bond. Mefleh and Chlela could face up to 11 years in prison if convicted.
    Both Mefleh and Chela were both ordered to surrender their passports or visas and were issued documents stating they can't have any contact with any child under the age of 18.

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