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Duluth doctor not guilty of sexual assault

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DULUTH - A Dunn County jury decided Thursday that there wasn't evidence to convict a Duluth doctor of sexually assaulting a female patient on board her parents' boat at Barker's Island.

After deliberating 3½ hours Thursday evening, jurors found Dr. Javier De La Garza, 52, not guilty of third-degree sexual assault. He was accused of performing oral sex on a

43-year-old preschool teacher without her consent on Sept. 27, 2006, and faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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