Source: Teen in US custody in 'Jihad Jane' plot

Associated Press
Updated 8/26/2011 10:01 AM

PHILADELPHIA -- A Maryland teen from Pakistan is in secret U.S. custody, accused of trying to help recruit terrorists for the Pennsylvania woman known as "Jihad Jane," according to a source close to the family.

Charges filed last month accuse the 17-year-old of helping Colleen LaRose in her alleged efforts to incite an Islamic holy war.

The high school graduate had accepted a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University, according to the source. Now, the teen is in custody at a youth facility in Berks County, Pa. He could have his case moved to adult court when he turns 18 next month.

A law-enforcement source confirmed the details to The Associated Press. Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren't authorized to speak publicly about the case.

The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported on the teen's arrest in Friday editions.