CLOSINGS: View Closings

Austin sex abuser sentenced

Samuel Garcia
Samuel Garcia

Girl says she was abused repeatedly for years.

Posted: May 17, 2018 3:00 PM
Updated: May 17, 2018 4:50 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – Sexually abusing a young girl is sending an Austin man to prison.

Samuel Mejia Garcia, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct and was sentenced Thursday to seven yeras and 10 months in prison, followed by 10 years of conditional release. Garcia will get credit for 332 days already served.

He was arrested in June 2017 and charged with four counts of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct. Austin police said a 13-year-old girl told them Garcia had been abusing her “at least once a week” since she was 10.

Garcia reached a plea deal with authorities in December 2017.

Article Comments

Mason City
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 48°
Albert Lea
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 44°
Austin
Broken Clouds
48° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 48°
Charles City
Scattered Clouds
46° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 41°
Rochester
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 41°
Showers possible on Wednesday
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Sara's Daybreak Forecast - Wednesday

Image

Rochester hotels reducing rates to help those on the front lines

Image

Federal loan benefits small businesses

Image

The pros and cons of working from home

${item.thumbnail.title}

StormTeam 3: A cooler trend begins Wednesday

Image

Keeping EMS and Firefighters apart during the pandemic

Image

Virtual 5K

Image

Minnesota leads the way for takeout food

Image

Mason City YMCA hosts virtual 5k

Image

Sharing Music During the Pandemic

Community Events