BUFFALO, N.Y. – A 26-year-old man remained jailed Monday on charges of holding a 13-year-old runaway in his house for six months, having sex with her over 100 times and making her baby sit his 1-year-old son.
Michael Abdallah pleaded not guilty in Buffalo City Court to second-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment and custodial interference Saturday, a day after being arrested at his home.
Many questions about the case remain. Police spokesman Michael DeGeorge was unable to say Monday where the 13-year-old girl is now, or how her ordeal ended. She was held from last July to December. Authorities offered no explanation for the time lag preceding his arrest.
A police report said Abdallah’s apartment had no doorknobs and the exit door could only be opened by using a key to unlock two deadbolts. Police also found marijuana inside the home, the report said.
The arrest shocked neighbors, who said they neither saw nor heard anything unusual at the house, even during the summer months when they had windows open and spent time outside.
George Kimble, who lives four doors away, said his daughters socialized with Abdallah’s next-door neighbors, spending time on the porch during nice weather. Neighbors, he said, were often out gardening.
“If somebody was in there, they could have screamed, yelled, hollered, thrown a chair through the window,” Kimble said.
Court officials said Abdallah did not have a lawyer Saturday. He is due back in court Thursday.
A man who answered the phone at Abdallah’s brother’s house Monday said there was no one there who spoke English.