Jamestown Man Behind Bars for Allegedly Raping 12 Year Old

September 1, 2011 Updated Sep 1, 2011 at 11:40 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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September 1, 2011 Updated Sep 1, 2011 at 11:40 PM EDT

(WKBW)
Jamestown, NY

A news conference was held at the Jamestown Police Headquarters Thursday afternoon informing the public that the Chautauqua County District Attorney's office handed down a five count indictment against 22 year old Eric Chant of Jamestown.

"He entered this home, he took this 12 year old girl out of the home removed her to an obviously secluded area and his intent was to have sex with her," said David Foley, the Chautauqua County District Attorney.

Chant faces 25 years to life for felony predatory sexual assault against a child, two counts of felony rape, kidnapping and burglary charges. Investigators retraced Chant's steps for several days leading up to the crime.

They say he stole a mini-van from a used car lot and in the early morning hours of August 12th, he kidnapped the girl while she was sleeping in her living room. Her parents were in another part of the house at the time.

The girl was driven about 10 miles away from her home to The town of Poland where she finally managed to escape.

"She was able to convince Mr. Chant to allow her to get out of this mini-van once she was out of the mini-van although in a secluded area she ran and she was able to get away from him and ended up at a home nearby and that's when the police were called," explained Foley.

Buffalo FBI agents say the young victim in this case fits the profile of targets in sexually motivated kidnappings luckily this time this girl escaped with her life.

"Approximately 100 children are abducted and killed by strangers each year the vast majority of children abducted and murdered by strangers are girls most of them between the ages of 11 and 12 years old," said Steven Lancer, Assistant Special Agent of the Buffalo FBI office.

Officials say the victim did not know her attacker but investigators have reason to believe that Chant knew the girl lived in that home but they would not elaborate.

The case will be back in court September 19th.