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Mug shot of Paul Corrigan. Mug shot of Paul Corrigan.
Paul Corrigan's house. Paul Corrigan's house.
UPPER MERION TWP., Pa. -

The suspect is a married man and police believe he was a school teacher about five years ago.

Tonight he's in jail on $750,000 cash bail. And the teen, police say, is getting help.

47 year old Paul Corrigan is accused of running off with a 16-year old girl that police say he met in Alcoholics Anonymous, where they were both seeking help. Corrigan was allegedly posing as a mentor to the teen, but police say he was anything but that.

"There was an agreement that she was going to run away from home. He came and picked her up." Says Upper Merion Police Chief Tom Nolan

The victims's mother reported her missing on June 4th. Police spent two days investigating and came across information that pointed to Corrigan. Corrigan's wife had reported him missing around the same time.

Police located Corrigan's car, a white Mercury Sable, parked near the Crown Plaza Hotel on Mall Boulevard in Upper Merion Township. That's also where police say they found the girl and Corrigan.

"His reaction to seeing the officers was not shock at all. He actually continued what he was doing, brushing his teeth at the time," says Chief Nolan.

Police say they found various sex paraphernalia inside the hotel room, and the victim allegedly told them that Corrigan on occasion had given her alcohol and cigarettes.

Corrigan's neighbors are shocked to hear about the allegations.

"Very shocked it's just something I can't believe that he would do it's just unbelievable," says neighbor Jean Hays.

"I was disgusted by it because I have young children and I couldn't imagine, someday they'll be 16 just like that little girl," says neighbor Donna Becker.

Police believe Corrigan taught in the Philadelphia school district five years ago; they're still working to confirm that. They want to know if he's had inappropriate contact with any other minors back then.

If you know anything, call police.

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