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Pennsylvania Police Track Abducted Girl’s iPad To Find Her, Arrest Her Kidnapper

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Mar. 30 2023, Published 10:59 a.m. ET

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A self-proclaimed “born-again Christian” man accused of kidnapping a western Pennsylvania girl may not have realized she carried a tracking device -- her iPad, according to officials.

Authorities say Keith Lilliock, 43, tempted an 11-year-old on a bicycle to come to his car Sunday night, while he worked at a Dollar General store in Youngwood.

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He reportedly told her to wait at a gas station to get a ride after he finished work. Lilliock allegedly invited the girl into his car and drove her to his home, police said.

While in the car, authorities say, he touched her inner thigh and “stomach under her shirt.” Lilliock denies any improper touching.

In the meantime, the unidentified girl's grandmother became concerned. She notified police that the 11-year-old was missing.

Detectives say they found out the girl carried an iPad, so they tracked it to a home in Latrobe where one of Lilliock's friends lives.

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Those clues led to the arrest of Lilliock while he worked at a second job, authorities said.

Lilliock reportedly gave a confession of faith to officers after his arrest. Authorities say he explained he “used to be a bad guy...attracted to young girls” before he accepted Jesus as his Savior.

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Lilliock reportedly also mentioned religion while chatting with the girl. He gave her a tablet for playing music, which had songs from the punk rock band Sublime on it.

The suspect reportedly told the girl he “needed to delete the songs because he’s a born-again Christian.”

“I was just blown away,” neighbor Bruce Johnson told WPXI-TV. He called Lilliock polite and kind, adding: “I would've never expected it from this guy.“

Lilliock now is charged with luring a child into a motor vehicle and interfering with the custody of children, authorities said.

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