Man charged for sex abuse of a child after victim comes forward 2 years later

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- A 40-year-old man was charged Monday after a teen identified him as the man who sexually assaulted her two years before.

The 15-year-old victim came forward in March of this year. Court documents say she told police she was assaulted two years ago while on her way home from school.

She told police she was walking through David Gourley Park when the suspect, Fred Hendrick Garcia, pushed her against a wall, held a knife to her throat and sexually assaulted her.

Court documents say Garcia then "attempted to pull her pants back up" and stated "'Fine, you can go now," but told her not to tell anyone.

Detectives say after receiving several tips they were able to identify the man. The victim also identified him when presented with a phot array.

Unified Police say he is in custody at the State Hospital.

 


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