By Jesse Sarles

DENVER (CBS4) – A man who police say kidnapped a 12-year-old girl has been extradited from Denver to California. Investigators say Nathan Larson, 40, traveled to California in mid-December from his home in Virginia and abducted the girl whom he had met online.

Nathan Larson (credit: Fresno)

Larson and the girl then boarded a flight from Fresno, California, that was bound for Washington D.C. Investigators say Larson made the girl wear a wig to avoid being seen and to act like she had a disability and couldn’t speak so no one would talk to her.

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Nathan Larson

Nathan Larson (credit: CBS)

Larson and the girl were stopped during a layover at Denver International Airport and he was arrested by authorities. The girl was rescued with no injuries and returned to her family.

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Larson now faces several federal charges, including kidnapping and receiving and distributing child pornography.

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Authorities say Laron has “a deeply disturbing background” which includes criminal activity in Colorado and is known to have run a website which encourages pedophilia. Authorities believe Larson groomed the girl to send him inappropriate images of herself.

Jesse Sarles