Monday, May 26, 2008

Magician Charged With Kidnapping Girl, 9

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A 22-year-old man charged with kidnapping a 9-year-old girl from Creekside Elementary School signed in at the front office and was given a visitor's pass before doing a magic show in his former teacher's classroom, officials said Friday.

Front-office staff, who remembered Daniel Catarino Reyes from previous visits when he performed magic acts, called the teacher for permission to send him to the classroom.

"It was an unscheduled visit, but he did follow the appropriate process," said Karen Permetti, a spokeswoman for Lewisville ISD.

The precise sequence of events after Mr. Reyes left the front office Wednesday is unclear. The court document states that he visited at least two classrooms. During the magic show in one class, he asked children about their heights, weights and home addresses. He also asked who could keep a secret, the affidavit states.

At some point, he showed a handwritten note to the girl's teacher "requesting that two children be allowed to leave the classroom with him."

Mr. Reyes left class with two children but sent one back before taking the 9-year-old girl through a side exit to his car, the affidavit says. From there, it says, he drove her to his parents' house nearby and blindfolded her once there. The girl told police Mr. Reyes asked her personal questions and had her pose in suggestive positions while he videotaped her.


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