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Duluth Man Sentenced To 30 Yrs For Kidnapping 13 Yr Old Girl

By KBJR News 1

July 25, 2011 Updated Jul 25, 2011 at 6:33 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The Duluth man who abducted a 13 year old girl last August learned his punishment Monday. 42 year old Todd Richard Franik will spend 30 years behind bars in federal prison.

LeAnn Wallace has been following this case for us.

The judge said anything less than a 30 year sentence would not do this case justice.

According to the criminal complaint, not only did Todd Franik abduct this girl, he put her in the back of his trunk and drove around for about 20 minutes before taking her to a remote location in the woods where he then tied her to a tree and began to sexually assault her.

The abduction happened last August in West Duluth.

Authorities say the 13 year old girl was walking her dog when she noticed a man who appeared to need help, with the hood of his car propped open.

The man, who was later identified as Todd Franik, told the girl he needed directions to the zoo. That's when he grabbed the girl and her dog and put them in the trunk of his car. He then drove her across state lines into Wisconsin, and eventually took her into the woods.
After tying her to a tree with duct tape and gagging her mouth with a piece of his ripped shirt, he began to sexually assault her. Shortly after he left the scene. The girl was able to escape and ran to a nearby bar to call for help.

While law enforcement officers worked to recover evidence from the woods, which ultimately included scraps of duct tape and fresh shoe prints, they observed a car repeatedly drive past them on a nearby highway.

The car matched the description of the vehicle used in the crime, so authorities traced its license plate number.

Authorities found the Franik's car the next day outside the West Duluth KMART. He was arrested on the spot without incident.

Because he drove the girl across state lines, that makes the incident a Federal Offense.

Authorities from both Minnesota and Wisconsin worked on this case as well as the FBI.

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