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Sex offender sentenced to prison on kidnapping charge

By LESLIE WILBER
Oct. 5, 2009 at 5:05 a.m.

Brandon Keith Petering

A 25-year-old man who tried in March to kidnap a woman from Victoria College was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Monday.

Brandon Keith Petering, of Victoria, pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping in Judge Robert Cheshire's courtroom.

On March 23, Petering tried to drag a student from the Victoria College parking lot into his car. Earlier in the day, he had grabbed a woman at the Central Park Apartments by the waist, although he did not try to kidnap her, police Lt. Jason Cross said at the time.

Shortly before the attempted kidnapping, Petering had been at a class for registered sex offenders, Cross said.

In January, Petering pleaded guilty to exposing himself to a 2-year-old girl in 2007. Petering's probation was revoked, and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the indecency charges.

Prosecutor Eli Garza said fast work by the Victoria College Police Department made it possible to prosecute Petering.

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