NEW CASTLE, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – A Pennsylvania man is jailed on charges he missed his sentencing on child-sex charges and his wife is being held, too, for allegedly faking his kidnapping to explain the missed court appearance.

New Castle police say the conspiracy unraveled Wednesday when 37-year-old Larry Cragle was found hiding in an attic crawl space at his home. His 31-year-old wife, Michelle, was arrested on charges that she helped him avoid capture by pretending that she was sexually assaulted last month by three men who then kidnapped her husband.

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Police believe that Larry Cragle wasn’t kidnapped, but had been hiding in the woods hoping to avoid a decades-long sentence before he returned home where he was arrested.

Larry Cragle’s attorney didn’t return a call for comment Thursday. Court records don’t list an attorney for Michelle Cragle.

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Both Cragles are accused of sexually assaulting two children. The couple was also accused of taking nude photos of the children, but those charges were later dropped.

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