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Guatemalan remanded for sexually assaulting 8 year old girl Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:00

A Guatemalan construction worker who has been living in Belize for over 20 years has been accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl. He is 30-year-old Jorge Giovanni Garcia of Belize City.

Garcia appeared unrepresented in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser for arraignment on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 where he was read a single charge of sexual assault. He pled not guilty to the charge but the Magistrate had several reservations and concerns. The first was regarding his status in Belize. Garcia claims that he has been living in Belize since he was 10 and never got documented by his parents.

The allegations against him are that on October 15, 2017, the minor visited a home where she met Garcia. She said that while watching the television, he called her into a room where he caressed her breasts and buttocks. He then touched her private part.

In a police report made in the presence of her mother, the child claimed that it was not the first time that Garcia has done something like that but that she was afraid to tell her mother.

He was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until December 18, 2017 without bail.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:38