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NJ man to face judge in connection with RI girl's disappearance

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A New Jersey man who faces a sex charge in connection with the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl from Portsmouth is expected to face a federal judge in Rhode Island on Tuesday afternoon.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Monday that 27-year-old Daniel Berger was being brought to Rhode Island by U.S. Marshals, and scheduled to be in front of Magistrate Judge Lincoln Almond at 2 p.m.

Portsmouth police have charged Berger with one count of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Conviction on the felony charge is punishable by 10 years to life in prison. Authorities said Berger could face additional charges.

Police said Berger and the teenager were found in Berger's apartment in Haskell, N.J. at about 1 a.m. Thursday.

NBC 10 News does not identify the victims of alleged sex crimes.

Police said the girl's disappearance was not a random act or a child snatching. Police said Berger and the girl apparently knew each other and had prior communication before she left her home with him Wednesday morning. According to an affidavit filed in federal court in Providence, they communicated by text message and in online chats.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert for the girl after she was reported missing by her mother at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police said a witness saw someone matching the girl's description leave home with a man in a red car with New Jersey license plates.

The Amber Alert was canceled at 1 a.m. Thursday.

Portsmouth police officially charged the 27-year-old with transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

The Amber Alert was canceled at 1 a.m. Thursday.

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