Man Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Teen He Later Married - NBC Southern California

A man is accused of forcing a girl into marriage and motherhood during a decade-long kidnapping

Man Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Teen He Later Married

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    Isidro Medrano Garcia, 42, was sentenced for sexually assaulting a teen he allegedly kidnapped and with whom he had a child.

    A 42-year-old man convicted of lewd acts involving his ex-girlfriend's teenage daughter, whom he later married, was sentenced to four years and four months in state prison on Friday, prosecutors said.

    Isidro Medrano Garcia, of Bell Gardens, was found guilty of three felony counts of lewd acts on a minor on March 4, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

    A jury acquitted Garcia of one felony count of rape and hung on one felony count of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, prosecutors said.

    A woman, who says Garcia kidnapped her, forced her to marry him and have a child with him, testified in court Feb. 17, and said the abuse started within months of arriving from Mexico with her sisters when she was only 15 years old.

    The woman, now 26, contacted authorities in 2014 after she was reunited with her family, whom she hadn't seen in 10 years since the alleged kidnapping.

    In 2004, the woman was allegedly abducted from her mother's house in Santa Ana. Prosecutors said Garcia took her to a house in Compton and changed their names using fake documents.

    The woman alleged that Garcia told her she could not leave him because she will be deported.

    A missing person's report was filed in 2004, the year of the alleged kidnapping, prosecutors said.

    The woman stayed with Garcia from 2004 to 2014, and the two lived in a Bell Gardens apartment. Garcia allegedly forced the woman into marriage in 2007 and had a child with her in 2012.

    The couple's nanny at the time said she was shocked when Garcia was arrested, and said they seemed like the "perfect couple."

    Garcias was found not guilty of the kidnapping charge. 

    His attorney denied the charges of kidnapping at the time they were filed, and said that victim had her "own motives" in the case. 

    Garcia's attorney denied the accusations of kidnapping 

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