Topeka man found with missing teen girl pleads guilty to multiple charges

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The man that ran away to Colorado with a Topeka teenager pleaded guilty to multiple charges Friday.

Michael Fitzgerald, 47, was arrested in February in Cortez, Colo. after police found him in a hotel with a 14-year-old Topeka girl.

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said a jury trial was scheduled to begin Monday, however, Fitzgerald pleaded guilty to the following charges:

  • Electronic solicitation of a child 14-16 years of age
  • Indecent liberties with a child 14-16 years of age
  • Indecent solicitation of a child
  • Aggravated interference with parental custody
  • Contributing to a child’s misconduct
  • Aggravated indecent liberties with a child 14-16 years of age

A sentencing hearing is now scheudled for Feb. 10, 2020.

Fitzgerald faces between 4-20 years in prison, depending on his criminal history.

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