"It's shocking to begin with:" Pewaukee man behind bars after kidnapping 12-year-old girl

NOW: “It’s shocking to begin with:“ Pewaukee man behind bars after kidnapping 12-year-old girl

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A Pewaukee man is behind bars in Ohio tonight. Christopher Forncrook has been charged with kidnapping after the disappearance of a young Ohio girl. 

Ohio Police say that Forncrook had an online relationship with a 12-year-old girl. They had a plan to meet earlier this week. Now he is behind bars and his neighbors are shocked.

Neighbors say 'private property' signs went up this week at the Forncrook residence.

40-year-old Christopher Forncrook was given a quarter of a million dollars bond on Wednesday.

Russ Kinart has lived in Pewaukee for 17 years and can't believe his neighbor would be facing kidnapping charges.

"It's shocking to begin with but then to find out it's one of your neighbors, that's worse yet," said Russ Kinart.

Police say Forncrook drove from Wisconsin to Newark Ohio to meet with the 12-year-old girl Monday.

Officials say the two developed a relationship on social media. Forncrook was arrested at a hotel after the girl was reported missing by her parents. In Ohio, tweens like Myla Yang say the incident is a reminder to be cautious online.

"Now it's popular and kids use it a lot more, they just need to know that there are people out there doing this," Yang said.

According to Pew Research's latest data, nearly 6 out of 10 teens say they met a new friend online and 20% of those teens followed up in person. 

Kinart says it's sickening to hear about incidents like these.

"Online, that's where the problem is. They have to find a way to stop people from doing this."

Another neighbor says his daughter worked with Forncrook when he worked as an EMS in Delafield.

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