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Sacramento jury convicts man of kidnapping, molestation

A man accused of kidnapping a 7-year-old girl in south Sacramento County in 2013 and of molesting a friend’s children has been convicted by a Sacramento Superior Court jury.

Cedric Lain Holland, 27, on Friday was found guilty of eight counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child younger than 14 years old; three counts of oral copulation with a child 10 years old or younger; showing a child harmful material; kidnapping; kidnapping with intent to commit a lewd and lascivious act on a child younger than 14; and a multiple victim enhancement.

From 2011 to 2013, Holland molested a friend’s two sons when they were 6 to 8 years old and 7 to 9 years old, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

On May 11, 2013, Holland followed a 7-year-old girl he did not know over a period of four hours. When she was walking home, Holland grabbed her, threw her into the trunk of his car and sped off. The girl was able to escape by pulling an emergency handle to open the trunk and rolling onto the ground. Surveillance and DNA evidence linked Holland to the scene, officials said.

According to accounts in The Sacramento Bee, the kidnapping occurred as the girl and her mother were walking near 54th Street and 47th Avenue.

In 2006, Holland was convicted of committing a lewd act upon a child, and in 2011 he was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender.

Holland is to be sentenced May 8 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin McCormick.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.