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Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting teen in California ambulance

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Posted at 7:20 AM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 09:34:04-05

VISTA, Calif. — A man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl while she rode in an ambulance.

The California Highway Patrol launched an investigation into the Feb. 21, 2017 incident involving 34-year-old David Carpio, a private ambulance company employee.

The girl was being transported to Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside when Carpio assaulted her and asked for her Snapchat information to start a relationship with her, investigators said.

A CHP investigator, posing as the victim, communicated with Carpio through social media and text messages over several months. During that time, officials gained damaging information.

Other alleged female victims also came forward with claims against Carpio, saying he had sexually assaulted them when he was their neighbor. One of the women was 16 years old at the time of the encounter.

Carpio pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges and was sentenced Thursday for sexual penetration of a minor and sexual battery.

This story was originally published by Allison Horn on KGTV in San Diego.