Man jailed for sexually assaulting 14-year-old; victim may be pregnant

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Humberto Garcia

Humberto Garcia

A San Benito man is behind bars for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl and impregnating her, police reported Friday afternoon.

According to a press release issued by Detective Rogelio Banda Jr. of the San Benito Police Department, 19-year-old Humberto Garcia of San Benito was arrested at his Corral St. home Thursday, April 18, at approximately 12 noon for aggravated sexual assault.

Banda stated in the release that it was on April 8 that the victim’s mother reported to police that her 14-year-old daughter was pregnant and that Garcia was allegedly the father. Strengthening the investigation that followed was a statement obtained from the victim during an interview at Maggie’s House, police said.

“The mother advised that her daughter stated she has had sex with Mr. Garcia on two separate occasions, once in Harlingen and the other in San Benito,” Banda said, further noting that the two, Garcia and the underage girl, were “in a relationship.” It is not clear, however, how long Garcia and the 14-year-old have allegedly known each other.

Also, Banda said police have not confirmed whether the victim is indeed pregnant, remarking, “That’s what they (mother) assume so far as to what happened.”

The last alleged case of sexual contact between the suspect and victim occurred the weekend of April 6, at least according to information Banda said the victim’s mother provided.

Garcia was arraigned by Justice of the Peace David Garza and currently remains incarcerated at the Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center in Olmito on $50,000 bond.

Meanwhile, Harlingen police are investigating the case, specifically the sexual encounters that allegedly occurred between the suspect and victim in that city.

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