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Alleged Amish abductor’s lawyer speaks

Watertown, N.Y. – The defense lawyer for Nicole Vaisey, the woman accused of abducting two Amish girls in St. Lawrence County says his client was in a master/slave relationship with her co-defendant, Stephen Howells II.

“She had a tough weekend,” said Bradford Riendeau, Vaisey’s defense lawyer. “She went through a bit of a crisis as she processed what Mr. Howells had done to her over a number of years.”

Riendeau said over the period of about one year, Howells methodically took more control over Vaisey’s actions.

“It’s akin to what prisoners of war go through,” he said, also making comparisons to the popular romance novel, 50 Shades of Gray. “The master/slave relationship form of sexual perversion or fetish which starts with bondage discipline, the next level is sadomasochism, and the most extreme level is the master/slave relationship.”

Vaisey is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Thursday, but her lawyer says it’s not yet clear if she will waive it.

Her co-defender, Howells, who is represented by the St. Lawrence Conflict Public Defender, has reportedly waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

 
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