EDISON - Two New Jersey boys who authorities say were taken by their father in a custody dispute have been found safe in Florida.
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch says Kristopher Dohm was found with his sons at the Royal Palm Inn in New Port Richey, Florida, late Wednesday night.
Police also arrested Edward Tarras, who is identified as Dohm's friend. He was wanted on several charges out of Tennessee, including rape, sexual battery and sexual exploitation of a minor more than 100 times. The prosecutor’s office says Tarras was on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's "Top Ten Most Wanted List."
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Dohm and Tarras were both taken to the Pasco County Jail. Authorities say Dohm's children were not harmed.
Authorities say Dohm left New Jersey with 8-year-old Parker and 7-year-old Jaxon in violation of a custody agreement in early February.
Their mother reported them missing on Feb. 9 after Dohm failed to bring the children to her Roxbury Township home.
A Facebook group set up to help find the boys posted a message early Thursday saying, “To all of our family, friends and supporters, Parker and Jaxon have been found. They are safe. They were located in Florida.”
The boys’ mother, Sandye Dohm, told News 12 New Jersey Thursday morning that she was headed to Florida to be reunited with her sons.