July 23, 2016

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Man indicted in Medina runaway girl case

MEDINA — A Medina County grand jury has indicted a 22-year-old man accused of helping a Medina teenage girl run away to Florida.

Maxwell Leibsla, of Copley Township, is charged with felony interference of custody, Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said.

The charge normally is a first-degree misdemeanor, but is upgraded to a fifth-degree felony if the child is removed from the state, according to Medina Municipal Court records.

Berarducci said paperwork was filed Friday with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, which will send deputies to bring Leibsla back from Florida.

Leibsla and 15-year-old Jessica Kollar were taken into custody Feb. 2 by Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies.

Jessica was reported missing by her family after being last seen Jan. 24. The girl had contacted friends saying she was OK, but she refused to say where she was.

Berarducci earlier said he expected Jessica to be returned home this week, but her family could not be reached for comment Friday.

The chief said the girl is expected to face juvenile probation violation charges.

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