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Madeline Soto search: Suspect in girl’s disappearance taken to Osceola County Jail

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — The prime suspect in the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl is now in the Osceola County Jail.

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Stephan Sterns was arrested on Wednesday on sexual battery and child porn possession charges.

Sterns was moved out of the Orange County Jail on Friday morning.

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Law enforcement said Sterns is the primary suspect in the disappearance of 13-year-old Madeline Soto who vanished Monday. Sterns is the boyfriend of Soto’s mother, Jennifer.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by Channel 9, law enforcement said Stephan Sterns did a factory reset on his phone the day Madeline vanished.

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Investigators said they recovered several photos and videos showing Sterns sexually battering a child.

Sterns is not a registered sex offender, according to FDLE’s sexual offenders and predators’ search.

Read: Madeline Soto search: Orange County sheriff to give update on search for missing girl at 1 p.m.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina is planning to give an update on Madeline’s disappearance at 1 p.m. on Friday.

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