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Ventura man gets prison for taking underage 'wife' to Mexico

January 24, 2012 |  9:09 am

A Ventura man has been sentenced to two years in prison for taking a 15-year-old girl to Mexico nearly four years ago.

Andrew Joshua Tafoya, 24, pleaded guilty in November to concealing a child from her parents, a felony, by taking Chioma Gray to Mexico, where they lived as husband and wife since 2007, the Ventura County Star reported.

Gray, now 19, says she is married to Tafoya and has been living with his parents since the couple's return in October.

Her mother told Ventura County Superior Court Judge Kevin McGee at Monday's sentencing hearing that her daughter had been brainwashed by Tafoya and called him a child molester.

According to the Star, McGee said Grey showed no signs of suffering from "Stockholm syndrome," a psychological phenomenon in which the victim of an abduction sympathizes with the kidnapper, and that Tafoya hadn't been convicted of an offense that required him to register as a sex offender.

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-- Dalina Castellanos

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