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3 more charged in kidnappings tied to sect, victims located

December 29, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say three more alleged leaders of an extremist Jewish sect have been arrested on charges of kidnapping two children in New York and the children have been found safe in Mexico.

Federal and New York state law enforcement authorities said Friday that the three plus a fourth man arrested earlier this week have been charged with abducting the 14-year-old and 12-year-old victims.

Auuthorities say the men are members of an extremist ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect called Lev Tahor.

Aron Rosner was arrested in New York City on Dec. 23 and co-defendants Nachman Helbrans, Mayer Rosner and Jacob Rosner were arrested Thursday after they were deported from Mexico.

Their attorney did not return an email seeking comment.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman says the children will be reunited with their mother.

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