A man charged last week in the abduction of a Blue Springs girl now faces another federal charge.
The office of the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri on Wednesday said a grand jury has handed up two charges against William L. Dela Cruz, 22, of Oxon Hill, Maryland.
One charge, enticing a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity, replaces a previous charge of the same thing, and the grand jury added a charge of traveling across state lines to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.
Authorities say Dela Cruz and his older brother drove from Maryland to Blue Springs and late on April 8 picked up a 12-year-old girl. The older brother abandoned the two in Wentzville, Missouri, a few hours later. The next day, the girl was rescued and Dela Cruz was arrested.
The older brother later turned himself in to authorities. He has not been charged.
On the first count alone, William Dela Cruz could face 10 years to life in federal prison. As of Wednesday, he remained in federal custody awaiting a detention hearing.