On Friday, 30-year-old Stuart, Florida resident Juan Antonio Garcia appeared in US magistrates court in Ft. Pierce faces federal charges that he attempted to produce pornography of a 15-year-old boy.
Garcia is a law enforcement officer with the Sewall’s Point Police Department.
According to a recently unsealed criminal complaint affidavit, law enforcement officers received a report on November 22 that Garcia had sent sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old boy.
According to the affidavit, in the message, Garcia asked the minor to accompany Garcia to a nude beach in Saint Lucie County. It is alleged that Garcia instructed minors to put on condoms (which Garcia provided to minors) by texting, masturbating and sending Garcia a photo of the condom after the child ejaculated.
It is also alleged that Garcia sent a text message to the minor’s phone instructing him to send Garcia a video of the boy masturbating and to ask him if he would consider performing sex. orally to Garcia or not.
On November 23, Garcia texted the minor’s phone, asking the minor to meet Garcia at a local park for oral sex, according to the charges. When Garcia arrived at the park, law enforcement officers arrested him.
Garcia’s detention hearing is set for December 10, and his trial is set for December 17. Both proceedings will take place in federal magistrates court in West Palm Beach, Florida. If convicted, Garcia faces between 15 years and 30 years in federal prison.
The Sewall’s Point Police Department has placed Garcia on unpaid administrative leave pending an investigation.
Juan Antonio Gonzalez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Anthony Salisbury, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami Field Office made the announcement.
HSI Miami (Ft. Pierce’s Office) and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident. Assistant United States Attorney Stacey Bergstrom is prosecuting the case.
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