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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Angel Garcia Is Not a Child Molester, Jury Says

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 10:19 AM

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A San Francisco man accused of sexually abusing a young girl living in his home was cleared of all charges today after a jury decided it was just a misunderstanding, according to the Public Defender's Office.

Angel Garcia, 32, got into trouble back in December when he was trying to break up a squabble between his 6-year-old son and the boy's 12-year-old cousin. The two kids were fighting over a video game when Garcia grabbed the girl on her side, several inches above her waist, to try to pull her off his son.

At that time, Garcia's girlfriend walked into the room and saw this, and jumped to the wrong conclusion, thinking perhaps he was touching her inappropriately.

"Mr. Garcia and his girlfriend were having relationship problems and

there was incredible tension between them. Her mental state was so

compromised by all the fighting and jealousy that she was feeling like

she didn't even know this man who had been her boyfriend for eight

years," said Deputy Public Defender Carmen Aguirre. "In this highly charged environment, there was a

misunderstanding that the little girl had been sexually victimized."

Garcia's girlfriend later reported it to her therapist, who was mandated to alert police. The girl then told the cops that Garcia had touched her

inappropriately over her clothing on two other occasions, according to the Public Defender's Office.

However, during the nine-day trial, a

psychologist specializing in trauma testified to that children have the tendency to avoid

contradicting a trusted adult by subscribing to the adult's version of events,

Aguirre said.

A jury deliberated for about two hours on Tuesday afternoon before


the San Francisco grocery store worker of three counts of

lewd acts upon a child. If convicted, he could have faced up to 10 years

in prison and be forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of his


Although Garcia, who has no criminal record, was found not guilty on all

charges, Aguirre called the case "a tragedy all around."

"Mr. Garcia spent six months in jail and his family is now fractured,"

she said. "The little girl had to go through the traumatic experience of

testifying and being cross-examined in front of a jury. She was a

victim -- not of what the prosecution claimed, but of being ensnared in

an adult situation she had nothing to do with creating."

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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