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Tuesday, March 07, 2017 3:37 PM
(Cocoa, FL)—A 40-year-old man in the USA for more than 10 years on a work visa is now facing life in prison and deportation for sexually abusing a child since she was 11 years old. Henry Jose Garcia, (DOB 05/30/1976) was arrested Tuesday at his work place, a resort in Cocoa Beach. He is facing charges of capital sexual battery on a child under the age of 12. The maximum penalty for a capital crime is death or life in prison.
Last week the victim, who is now 18 years old, came to the police department to report the abuse. The victim told detectives Garcia lured her into having sex by threatening to hurt family members if she did not comply. He also promised to buy her gifts and pay for things she needed in exchange for sex. The abusive sexual relationship continued until the girl became pregnant at age 15. “She didn’t come forward until now because she was afraid,” said Detective Debra Titkanich. “What he did to her is absolutely unacceptable and the worse kind of abuse you can imagine. It is something she will carry with her for the rest of her life.”
Garcia will be held on 70,000 bond pending an initial appearance on Wednesday. Immigration authorities have been contacted and his status is pending. The local investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.