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Man gets prison for sexual assaults

June 21, 2008|David Haldane

A Midway City man was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting two teenage girls; one at a youth camp, the other in his printing office.

Huy Ngoc Nguyen, believed to be 41, was convicted earlier this year of forcibly raping a 17-year-old and performing a lewd act on a 13-year-old.

Nguyen had asked the older girl out on a date after meeting her through a mutual friend in 2004, prosecutors said.

Instead, they said, he took her to his Midway City office where he raped her in a locked room.

The younger girl was molested under a blanket at a youth organization's 1997 New Year's celebration in Big Bear as the campers told ghost stories in the dark.

Nguyen, who had no relationship with the organization, was attending as a community member, authorities said.

-- David Haldane

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