A South Dakota man has been charged with kidnapping, harboring a runaway and sexual abuse of a child.

Knoxville police said in court filings that Alvis T. Sayee, 20, of Fargo, North Dakota, had taken a Knoxville runaway juvenile and admitted he had sexual intercourse with the juvenile twice.

The juvenile and Sayee were located by police in the Carlisle area on Sunday. Sayee was arrested and charged with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse, each a class C felony; enticing a minor, a class D felony; and harboring a runaway, an aggravated misdemeanor.

In court filings, law enforcement said they discovered texts on the smartphone of a missing juvenile that identified Sayee as a suspect and that the messages were sexually suggestive.

Police made contact with the Sayee in Knoxville on Sunday afternoon but he was not with the missing juvenile at that time, police said. A witness told police later that soon after the officer left, the juvenile and the male left the hotel together in a white Mercury Mountaineer.

If convicted as charged, Sayee faces up to 27 years in prison.

Kyle Ocker is the regional editor of the Centerville Daily Iowegian, Knoxville Journal-Express, Pella Chronicle and Oskaloosa Herald. He can be reached at kocker@dailyiowegian.com.

Kyle Ocker has been the editor of the Knoxville Journal Express since November 2016. He formerly held the titles of sports editor and associate editor at the Centerville Daily Iowegian, a sister paper to the Journal Express.

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