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John Heuer pleads guilty to kidnap, assault of 8-year-old girl he called a hooker

John Heuer, the Spring Lake Park resident who kidnapped and sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl, pleaded guilty yesterday to the facts of the case, WCCO reports.

Heuer was arrested in May for kidnapping a girl from a laundromat in St. Paul. After a day of drinking at the Lamplighter Lounge strip club, Heuer, who works as a trucker, lured the girl back to his house by promising to show her his puppy.

As Heuer sexually assaulted the girl, her disappearance triggered an Amber Alert. She managed to escape on her own, fleeing the house later that night when Heuer was distracted. She was able to point out Heuer's house to police, who found the place filled with porn, not to mention the panties he kept in his safe.

When Heuer was found hiding under his truck, he told police that yes, he'd had relations with the eight-year-old girl, but only because she was a hooker -- as if that would make it better. Heuer claimed he'd pay the girl's mother $100 for their encounter, a claim that didn't stand up in court.

Heuer pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of kidnapping. First-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

At the time of his arrest, the Star Tribune reported that investigators might be looking for other victims of Heuer's in similar cases, though no other charges were filed.

According to WCCO, he'll undergo a psychosexual evaluation before his sentencing June 23. Psychosexual? Yes, that sounds about right.


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