Teen says she was held against her will for nearly one month by man she met in Internet chat room

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. - An Ohio teen says she was held against her will for nearly one month in Missouri by a man she met in an Internet chat room.

Alexis Boroviak, 15, went missing from her parents' home in Brooklyn, Ohio on Nov. 8.

Her parents say she disappeared around 7:15 p.m. while she was taking out the family dog.

At the time, police believed she had made plans to run away.

"She had clearly informed friends and extended family members of her intention, but did not offer any solid information as to her intended destination," Brooklyn Police Chief Scott Mielke told KFOR sister station WJW.

Friends and family members held several vigils for Boroviak.

Actor Nicholas Cage even posed for a picture while holding the girl's missing poster, hoping to help out the Boroviak family.

Investigators say they were able to track Boroviak's location by using a fake Facebook page.

The 15-year-old was found safe in a Marthasville, Missouri home around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Chris Schroeder, 41, was arrested for allegedly holding the girl against her will.

Chris Schroeder, courtesy Warren County Sheriff's Department.
Chris Schroeder, courtesy Warren County Sheriff's Department.

Boroviak told investigators she met Schroeder through Kik, an Internet chat forum, sometime in October or early November.

She reportedly told the man she was not happy at home and that is when he offered to pick her up.

Boroviak says she told Schroeder she was only 15, but he told police he thought the girl was 18, WJW reports.

Authorities say when Schroeder picked Boroviak up near her home on Nov. 8, he had her remove the SIM card from her phone and broke it into pieces.

He then told her to turn off her phone battery.

She told police that she did not know where Schroeder lived or where she was being taken.

When the two arrived in Missouri, Boroviak says she was not allowed to use the Internet or phone unless she asked for permission first.

Schroeder also allegedly told the girl that she needed to change her appearance by cutting or coloring her hair.

According to WKYC, Boroviak told Schroeder she wanted to go home, but he told her she was not allowed to go home.

The girl told police she was afraid to leave since Schroeder had guns in the home.

On Wednesday, the teen's stepfather told WKYC they finally talked to her and she is healthy and can't wait to come home.

Authorities found two cameras in Schroeder's bedroom with the focus point being on the bed.

Schroeder has been officially charged with federal child exploitation charges and is being held at a Missouri jail.

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