Michigan man charged in connection to disappearance of Lubbock teen

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FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, the Department of Justice seal is seen in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

LUBBOCK, Texas — A Michigan man was charged with criminal sexual activity on Sunday in connection to the disappearance of a Lubbock teen, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas.

Thomas John Boukamp, 20, was charged with transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity in connection to the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl.

The girl was missing for eight days before being recovered in Michigan. According to the Lubbock Police Department, during the investigation, detectives found evidence that indicated the teen might have been enticed and lured out of the state by a predator.

According to the release by USATXN, Boukamp faces up to life in prison if convicted.

EDITORIAL NOTE: While she was a missing person, Lubbock Police released her name and a photograph. Police asked for the public’s help to find her. The original version of this story named her by name because the situation had already been widely publicized. However, there are privacy considerations. After some reflection, we chose to remove her name and photo from this particular story.

The following is a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas has charged a Michigan man with traveling with a child across state lines in order to commit a sex crime, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox.

Thomas John Boukamp, 20, was charged via criminal complaint Sunday with transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity

Mr. Boukamp was arrested at a residence in Alden, Michigan on Sunday morning, and made his initial appearance in federal court in Grand Rapids Monday afternoon.

FBI Victim Specialists reunited the minor with her family this weekend.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation of wrongdoing, not evidence. Like all defendants, Mr. Boukamp is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

If convicted, he faces up to life in federal prison.

The Lubbock Police Department’s Special Victims Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Lubbock Resident Agency conducted the investigation with assistance from a Michigan State Police SWAT team and the Antrim County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeff Haag and Callie Woolam are prosecuting the case.

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