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21-year-old Estherville, IA man charged with kidnapping, sexual assault of children

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Hunter Gentry

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (KTIV) - A 21-year-old man from Estherville, Iowa is behind bars after being charged with the sexual assault of two minors in Clay County.

According to a press release, Hunter Gentry is facing multiple charges from the Clay County Sheriff's Office and the Spencer Police Department. Those charges include first-degree kidnapping, sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child.

Authorities say on Dec. 28, 2020, the sheriff's office became aware of four children that were provided vaping and nicotine products from Gentry. That night, Gentry was cited for providing tobacco to a person under 21.

During that incident, the sheriff's office says they discovered Gentry had been requesting and accepting elicit photos from multiple children in exchange for the vaping and nicotine products.

Authorities say further investigation uncovered an incident on Dec. 9, 2020, where Gentry met with a 12-year-old child in Clay County to provide them with nicotine products. During this meeting, authorities say Gentry forced the 12-year-old into his vehicle, drove to a remote location and sexually assaulted the child.

While continuing the investigation, authorities say they learned Gentry had allegedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old child in Spencer, Iowa.

On Feb. 28, 2021, Gentry was arrested in Estherville by the sheriff's office with the assistance of the Estherville Police Department. Gentry was booked into the Clay County Jail with no bond.

The case is still under investigation by the sheriff's office, the FBI and the Spencer Police Department. Further charges are expected.

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Dean Welte

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