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Man acquitted of kidnapping, assaulting Iowa girl

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A jury has acquitted a Haitian immigrant of kidnapping and sex abuse of an underage girl.

The Daily Nonpareil reports ( ) that Fednol St. Cyr was found not guilty of the count Friday evening. It took the jury less than two hours to acquit him of the charges.

St. Cyr had faced life in prison on the kidnapping charge alone. Prosecutors had said St. Cyr ordered the girl into his truck on April 5, refused to let her get out and sexually assaulted her.

St. Cyr's defense attorney, James Martin Davis of Omaha, Nebraska, had said Cyr sought to help the girl when he picked her up because he thought she was in distress. Davis painted the girl as a troubled teen whose testimony was inconsistent and unreliable.

Information from: The Daily Nonpareil,

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