SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was arraigned today on charges of sexually assaulting five girls under the age of 14 in his Huntington Beach residence. Martin Rodriguez Garcia, 49, Huntington Beach, is charged with one felony count of sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child 10 years or younger, one felony count of oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child 10 years or younger, 14 felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a child under 14, and four felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child with sentencing enhancement allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child and for committing lewd acts upon multiple victims. If convicted, Garcia faces a maximum sentence of 288 years and eight months to life in state prison. Garcia is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on June 7, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-12, West Justice Center, Westminster.
At the time of the crime, Garcia lived in a neighborhood where young children also resided.
Between May 24, 1990, and March 18, 2011, Garcia is accused of sexually assaulting five girls between the ages of 5 years old and 14 years old while they were inside of his residence. The defendant is accused of sexually assaulting the victims on multiple occasions during that time, including sexual penetration, oral copulation, masturbation, and sexual intercourse.
In February 2016, one of the victims reported the crime to the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD), who investigated this case. Further investigation by HBPD revealed that the defendant was living in Las Vegas, Nevada, and with the assistance of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the defendant was located, arrested and extradited back to Orange County for prosecution.
Deputy District Attorney Bobby Taghavi of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 16WF0797 / May 27, 2016
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