How a convicted killer lured an Aussie schoolgirl to the U.S. for sex

It all started on Snapchat.

By Jessica Chandra
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A 16-year-old schoolgirl who went missing from a wealthy Sydney suburb in April was found in the basement of a New York residence that belonged to the mother of a convicted killer. reported on how the Australian Federal Police worked with the NYPD and Interpol to track down the teenager, who was lured over to the U.S. by 39-year-old Sean Price after meeting her on Snapchat in October last year.

Price and the teenager started an online relationship, which included the exchange of naked photos. After a few months, Price transferred over $2,150 so the teenager could buy a ticket to LAX, where they could meet up in person. She somehow managed to leave the country undetected in April.

Brooklyn’s Magistrate Court has since heard details about their relationship from Price, including that they had sex in several states as they made their way from L.A. to Price’s mother’s home in Brooklyn on a road trip.

Her family reported her missing on April 11, and it wasn’t until April 30 that the NYPD, after being tipped off by the AFP and Interpol, discovered the teenager was in New York.

The AFP released this statement on Thursday afternoon:

According to, police will allege the teenager suffers from an anxiety disorder, and was having problems with her family around the time she met Price on Snapchat.

Price had 11 prior convictions for robbery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, criminal trespass, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He also served jail time in 1995 for crashing a car while driving at a high speed, which led to the death of a passenger.

He is now facing 10 years in jail after being charged with third degree rape and the transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, if he is convicted.