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NEWTON -- An Ankeny man suspected of attempting to lure children into his car in Grundy County has been found guilty of kidnapping and sexually abusing girl in Jasper County in August 2016.

Jurors deliberated for about an hour Friday morning before returning a verdict finding 57-year-old Jeff Lee Altmayer guilty of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of enticing a minor. Testimony in the trial began late Wednesday.

First-degree kidnapping carries a life sentence, and sentencing has been scheduled for February.

The case was prosecuted by the Iowa Attorney General's Office. Authorities said Altmayer approached a 12-year-old girl and her friend in Colfax on Aug. 16, 2016. He offered them $100 to come to his home in Des Moines and do yard work, according to police.

The friend declined, but the 12-year-old entered his car, and Altmayer began squeezing her breasts and rubbing her groin area and directed her arm to his groin, records state. The girl repeatedly told him she wanted to leave, and he pulled over, and she fled.

Altmayer, who traveled across the state for work, wasn’t arrested until he allegedly approached children in Onawa in November 2016, and a neighbor began following him and alerted authorities who pulled him over. He is awaiting charges in the Onawa incident and also been charged with approaching children in and around Dike in June and August 2016. Cedar Falls police said he is suspected of a similar incident there.

Altmayer is also awaiting trial for having a weapon in his cell at the Jasper County Jail. Deputies found a sharpened toothbrush handle in a cup in November.


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