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Man pleads not guilty to targeting, assaulting Iowa teen

August 22, 2019

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An El Salvador national accused of dragging a teenage girl he didn’t know into a house and sexually assaulting her has pleaded not guilty in the case.

The Courier reports that 43-year-old Saul Santos Vasquez-Martinez entered the plea Thursday in Black Hawk County District court. He’s charged with second-degree kidnapping and assault with intent to commit sex abuse.

Police say the girl was outside with a child she was babysitting, when Vasquez grabbed her and pulled her into a home. She told police that, once inside, he forced her against a wall and began to fondle her. She fought back, escaped and called police.

A trial date has not been set, and Vasquez remains in jail with bond set at $500,000

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com