Appeals court set to hear case of Maine man

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OWENSBORO, KY (AP) – A federal appeals court is set to hear the case of a Maine resident serving 30 years in prison for transporting a 13-year-old Owensboro girl across state lines to engage in sexual activity.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has scheduled arguments for Aug. 5 in the case of 47-year-old Archie Whalen of Hancock County, Maine.

A jury in Kentucky convicted Whalen in 2012 of taking the girl in 2009 from her home in Owensboro to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The girl was found a day after an Amber Alert was issued.

Officials said Whalen met the girl when she and her mother lived briefly in Maine.

Whalen is currently being held in a federal prison in Marion, Illinois. His projected release date is Nov. 15, 2035.