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On the witness stand Wednesday in the trial accusing him of third-degree sexual assault, Dr. Javier De La Garza said he was "shocked" by the romantic advances his female patient made on her father's boat. "I was getting up and she kind of dived at me and gave me a kiss -- kind of on the side of my lips," De La Garza said. [Carrie Kohlmeier / Fox 21 News]

Duluth doctor not guilty of sexual assault

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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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