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N.M. Man Sentenced For Assaulting Texas Beauty Queen While Posing As A Cop

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File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)

File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)

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FARMINGTON,N.M. (AP) — A northwestern New Mexico man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting a former Texas beauty queen while posing as a police officer.

A jury found 31-year-old Shiprock resident Eric Kenneth guilty of kidnapping, aggravated battery and criminal sexual contact at trial last month.

Kenneth flashed his lights and stopped the woman as she drove toward Texas in a remote part of northern New Mexico. He told her to get out so he could perform sobriety tests and then assaulted her at knifepoint.

The woman told a judge Thursday that Kenneth had taken her innocence and deserved the maximum sentence.

The woman told the Farmington Daily Times she hopes people learn from her experience and should only stop for red and blue flashing lights.

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