VICTORVILLE, CA. – A 31-year-old Corona man was charged with five felony charges for the alleged sexual abuse of a 14-year-old Victorville girl.
In January 2021 the Victorville Police Department received the report of the possible sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl. The victim’s mother said that the teen left home without permission on December 29, 2020 and did not return home until the following day. The mother said that she believed that her daughter was sexually assaulted.
Through investigation it was learned that the teen girl met Darren Garcia through social media. Garcia was using the name “Ani” when talking online with the girl. The suspect sent an Uber to pick the victim up at her Victorville home on December 29, 2020. She was transported to an Ontario, Ca, hotel where she met with Garcia, who rented a room. The victim was sexually abused by Garcia while at the hotel. During a search warrant search, evidence was recovered to support the allegations.
On January 26, 2021, Garcia was located at a Hesperia hotel and was taken to the Victorville Police Department for an interview. He was arrested and booked into the High Desert Detention Center.
Following a case review, the District Attorney’s office filed charges including felony Distributing or showing pornography to a minor, felony contact with a minor for a sexual offense, felony meeting with a minor for lewd purposes, and two counts of felony lewd acts upon a child age 14 or 15.
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