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Man sentenced to prison for kidnapping, assaulting teen babysitter in Iowa

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Posted at 12:55 PM, Aug 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-31 13:55:28-04

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A man has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for snatching a teenage girl from an eastern Iowa yard, dragging her into a house and groping her.

The Courier reports that 45-year-old Saul Santos Vasquez Martinez was sentenced last week after being convicted of second-degree kidnapping and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

The case made headlines in July 2019 when police say Vasquez grabbed the 16-year-old girl as she babysat a young child in a Cedar Falls yard and forced her into his house.

The girl reported that Vasquez groped her and tried to remove her clothes before she managed to escape.

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