Huntington Beach police extradited a Las Vegas man back to Orange County to face 20 counts of sexually assaulting girls for more than twenty years. Martin Rodgriquez Garcia, 49, a former resident of Huntington Beach is accused of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a minor, sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child under the age of 10, aggravated sexual assault of a child with a foreign object, aggravated sexual assault of a child and other related crimes against children in Orange County Superior Court.
Huntington Beach investigators believe the alleged assaults occurred as early as 1990 and as late as 2011 with victims between the ages of 5 and 15 years old. Garcia, a former construction worker was identified by an alleged victim who came forward in 2015. During a subsequent investigation, other alleged victims have also come forward and Huntington Beach authorities believe there may be more.
PENAL CODE §288(a), LEWD ACT WITH A CHILD occurs when an individual touches the intimate part of a child under the age of 14 for sexual purposes. What is important to remember about lewd acts with a child is that the touching does not have to be skin-to-skin, meaning the touching could be over the child’s clothing. The punishment for a conviction of Penal Code Section 288(a) includes lifetime registration as a sexual predator and up to 8 years. In addition, if the defendant used force, fear or threats and if there are multiple victims, then a defendant could face life in prison.