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Topeka man sentenced for running away with young castmate


February 9, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 48-year-old Topeka man who ran away with a 14-year-old girl who he had acted with in a play was sentenced Monday to nearly 10 years in jail for sexually assaulting her.

Michael Fitzgerald, 48, of Topeka, was sentenced to nine years and 10 months for six felonies arising from the girl's disappearance in January 2019, KSNT reported.

Fitzgerald met the girl when she was 11, and they later performed in "Elf: The Musical" in 2018 at the Topeka Civic Theater. She was reported missing Jan. 22, 2019. They were found two days later at a hotel in Cortez, Colorado.

He pleaded...

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