2 Illinois residents charged with kidnapping, transportation of a minor

WASHINGTON - Federal authorities say two Illinois residents face multiple charges for allegedly kidnapping a minor, and for allegedly transporting that minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Authorities say both Nicole Eason, 37, and Calvin Eason, 46, were charged with two counts of kidnapping a minor and one count of transportation of a minor.  The Easons were charged by a criminal complaint, and were arrested in Tucson, Arizona on April 3, 2015.

Prosecutors say the Easons allegedly participated in an online adoption discussion board in 2006 and 2007, and sought to adopt a child through a process known as private "re-homing."  Officials say private "re-homing" is often associated with failed or "disrupted" adoptions, when an adopted child is placed into a new home because the adoptive family can no longer care for the child.

Prosecutors say the Easons allegedly were given custody of a minor in 2007 after misrepresenting material facts about their background, and that the Easons allegedly sexually abused the child while the child was in their custody.  Prosecutors also say that the Easons allegedly kidnapped a second minor in the same manner in 2008, and that the Easons allegedly transported the minor across state lines.

Authorities say this case is currently being investigated by the FBI's Springfield Division.  We will provide more details as they become available.

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