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Second kidnapping charge added for child luring suspect

A man arrested Friday in connection with several child luring incidents has been charged with kidnapping after another victim came forward. The woman said she encountered Konstantin A. Sergienko, 38, while working as an escort in late 2013. She entered his car and said he immediately began driving, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. After seeing rope, a shovel and a tarp over the back seat of the car, she became afraid and asked him to stop, which he refused to do. Eventually, she was able to exit by diving from the moving car, and said Sergienko grabbed her by the arm. Sergienko is suspected of luring two Spokane Valley teenage girls and a developmentally disabled young woman over the past two months, and of kidnapping a teenager with sexual motivation on Sept. 12, 2013. He was first arrested Friday, and re-arrested on the first kidnapping charge late Friday afternoon, after prosecutor Patrick Johnson told a judge there was insufficient evidence to keep Sergienko in jail on the child luring charges. He has now been charged with a second count of kidnapping with sexual motivation. Detectives are seeking additional victims who may have had contact with Sergienko, and believe he may have had contact with other women working as escorts or prostitutes. They said the reason victims had contact with Sergienko is not of concern to investigators. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. Kirk Keyser at (509) 477-6611.
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