Maine’s highest court has upheld the kidnapping convictions of a self-proclaimed preacher who hid his wife’s children from their biological father.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday rejected Colin Haag’s claim that the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions.

Haag was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to 2½ years for kidnapping his wife’s two daughters from her previous marriage. His wife, Amanda Hodges, was convicted of criminal restraint by a parent.

Prosecutors said the couple took the two girls, then 6 and 9, from South Carolina shortly after Amanda Hodges and her husband separated.

They eventually ended up in eastern Maine, where Colin Haag purported to be a preacher.

The girls’ father eventually traveled to Maine and found his daughters alone in a motel room in Ellsworth.

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