On Tuesday, Aug. 14, Polk County Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit detectives arrested 24-year-old Pablo Garcia-Sanchez of Mulberry, and charged him with 50 counts of lewd battery on a minor under the age of 16, one count of interference with child custody, and one count of sheltering an unmarried minor.
The arrest was made after Polk detectives determined that Garcia-Sanchez had established an ongoing sexual relationship with the juvenile and had encouraged her to run away from her home in Kernersville, N.C. to be with him.
The new charges, filed earlier this week, came after detectives examined Garcia-Sanchez’s cell phone and found it contained explicit images and videos of the girl that detectives called child pornography.
He is now charged with an additional 39 counts of possession of photos or videos showing a sexual performance by a child, 12 counts of allowing the child to engage in a sex act, and 12 counts of promoting the sexual performance by a child.
“Garcia-Sanchez remains in the Polk County Jail, and is also on hold for ICE due to his being in the country illegally,” noted Carrie Eleazer, public information officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
ICE is the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, created in 2003 as the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The arrest affidavit includes very graphic descriptions of the photos that detectives found on Garcia-Sanchez’s cell phone. According to the report, after he was arrested, the girl admitted to detectives that she’d had consensual sex with Garcia-Sanchez at least 50 times while at his Mulberry home.
The suspect, detectives noted, signed a Consent to Search Waiver for his cell phone, and the images found on it showed the girl wearing a small tight dress and “posing in a provocative manner,” according to the arrest report.
Other images showed the teen “completly nude,” and “Some of the photos were focsued only on her vaginal and anal areas.” These photos, the arresting officer wrote, “appeared to be child pornography.”
Detectives also found images of the 15-year-old performing oral sex on Garcia-Sanchez and doing things with sex toys.
“These images were clearly intended to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of the viewer,” the arrest report notes.
Detectives say Garcia-Sanchez met the girl about three months ago through Facebook, and ignored a warning by the girl’s mother to stay away from her daughter.
Instead, he drove up to North Carolina, and brought the girl back to his house in Mulberry, detectives say.
Polk County detectives were able to follow up on a pick-up order that had been issued by North Carolina police for the juvenile when she went missing, tracing her through a series of “pings” on the girl’s cell phone.
Detectives went to Garcia-Sanchez’s house, located the girl inside, and both Garcia-Sanchez and the girl admitted to having an ongoing sexual relationship.
They also told detectives the girl is pregnant as a result of this relationship.
The girl was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center for the juvenile pick-up order from North Carolina.
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