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Charges added in alleged abduction

HARTFORD -- A man accused in the yearlong disappearance of a teenage runaway was matched with DNA collected after she had an abortion, according to a warrant for his arrest yesterday on an additional sexual assault charge.

Police yesterday also added kidnapping charges against the man, Adam Gault, 41, and against two women who lived with him in the West Hartford house where the missing girl was found in June, locked in a small storage room.

All three defendants made brief appearances in Hartford Superior Court to face new charges of kidnapping. They did not enter pleas. All three previously pleaded not guilty to charges including reckless endangerment.

Their lawyers argued unsuccessfully for lower bonds yesterday. Judge Bradford J. Ward spent several minutes on the bench reading through the new arrest warrant, while Gault, clad in a dark green jumpsuit, talked quietly with his lawyer, Gerald Klein.

Klein said he was surprised by the charges because he expected any new allegations to come from police in West Hartford, where the girl was found.

"We're just going to take it as it comes," Klein said. "I hope we can go to future court dates without my client being arrested each time."

He also said he was surprised to learn of the DNA evidence.

The arrest warrant filed yesterday indicated the girl told investigators that she had an abortion on May 1 at Planned Parenthood in West Hartford, but would not identify the father. Police obtained a search warrant to test tissue from the fetus. The tissue had been sent to a lab in Massachusetts, a standard procedure.

A message seeking comment was left with officials at the Connecticut chapter of Planned Parenthood.

"I thought that when a woman had a termination of pregnancy, that that was the end of it, so to speak," Klein said outside court. "But, apparently they have the fetus."

The Associated Press is not identifying the girl or her parents to protect her identity because of the alleged sexual assaults.

Gault has denied having sexual contact with the girl, who ran away from home in June 2006, when she was 14, and moved in with Gault, a man who had worked with her stepfather years earlier, authorities said.

Gault was arrested with the two women who lived with him in West Hartford -- Ann Murphy, 40, and Kimberly Cray, 26 -- on June 6, the day the girl was found.

The kidnapping charges were added because authorities accuse Gault of keeping the girl under his mental and emotional control and of moving her to Florida, Vermont, and North Carolina. According to the warrant, the girl also stayed at the home of Cray's father in Hebron under the guise of being Gault's niece.

The girl told investigators that during the year she spent with Gault, she had not been to school, changed her hair color four times, and used an alias.

The women are accused of conspiring with Gault to keep the girl hidden. Windows were kept covered in the home, and Cray is accused of picking up the girl from school the day she disappeared, as well as moving her to other locations to keep police from finding her, the warrant alleges. Investigators said Murphy helped Gault hide the girl in the small storage room the day she was found.

Gault previously pleaded not guilty to charges that include sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment, custodial interference, interfering with a police officer, and forgery. He had been held on $1.5 million bond, and Judge Ward yesterday added $750,000 , for a total of $2.25 million.

The two women had already pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit unlawful restraint, conspiracy to commit risk of injury to a minor, and interfering with police. Yesterday, charges of kidnapping, hindering prosecution, and risk of injury to a minor were added, and bail was increased.

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