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Man faces 80 years after being found guilty in abduction of Louisa teen

Posted at 3:14 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 18:27:39-04

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. -- The man accused of abducting a 14-year-old girl who was the subject of a nationwide Amber Alert has been convicted on all charges.

Bruce W. Lynch, Jr., 34, of Bumpass, was scheduled for arraignment on eight charges related to the disappearance and sexual exploitation of a child when he pleaded guilty to all charges.

Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire announced the conviction Monday saying Lynch's guilty plea was not apart of a plea agreement with the Commonwealth.

“I can’t imagine the feeling of a parent waking up and realizing that their child is missing. We are thankful for the many law enforcement agencies involved in this case and the quick action of the citizen who spotted Lynch and the child. Their actions ensured that the child was returned home safely and that the Defendant was held accountable,” McGuire said on Lynch's conviction.

Lynch faces up to 80 years in prison when he is sentenced on September 21, 2020.

Virginia State Police issued an AMBER Alert for Lynch and a teen known to him after the pair went missing on October 21.

The AMBER Alert was issued on Oct. 25, after police said they learned Lynch had a gun and had "recent suicidal idealizations."

Lynch was described as the former boyfriend of the teen's mother.

The 10-day search for the missing teen ended after a citizen spotted the suspect's vehicle in Caroline County. Neither the teenage girl, nor the Lynch were injured during the traffic stop on Page Road in Ladysmith.