Hammond man charged with molesting Portage girl

2013-10-29T13:48:00Z 2013-10-29T23:01:06Z Hammond man charged with molesting Portage girlBy Bob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | A 36-year-old Hammond man faces four felony charges after a Portage woman said she found him in bed with her 10-year-old daughter.

Daniel Garcia, 36, of 6646 Jackson Ave., is charged with three counts of child molesting and one count of dissemination of matter harmful to minors.

The accusations came to light June 13 when police responded to a report of a verbal disturbance, according to charging information.

After hearing about the woman's discovery, police spoke to the girl, who said Garcia had molested her in her bed.

She also told police Garcia molested her twice earlier in other areas of the home and had shown her pornographic videos.

Garcia initially denied everything, but later said he went into the girl's bedroom with other children, who climbed into bed with him out of fear of lightning, police said. The other children left the bed when it became too hot, but he said the girl remained.

"He admitted that the situation looked bad with (the girl) being in the same bed with him but denied touching her in a sexual manner," according to court documents.

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