UPDATE: Spotsylvania man accused of attempted abduction exonerated

SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) – On May 17, 2010, the Spotsylvania Sheriffs Office, after consulting with the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney, arrested Carl Frederick Rice for Attempted Abduction of a 9-year-old boy.

Further investigation has exonerated Mr. Rice of any wrongdoing, and he has been released from the Rappahannock Regional Jail and the charge has been dismissed.

It has been determined that another man, closely matching the physical description of Mr. Rice (including very similar clothing), did have contact with the boy on that date.  The interaction was benign, however, and no crime occurred.

Children should always be encouraged to report suspicious or unusual contacts with strangers.

NBC12 has removed the arrest photo of Mr. Rice and retracted the story and video from this incident.

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