Former Beeville dispatcher accused of molesting a child

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

April 22, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Updated April 21, 2014 at 11:22 p.m.

Martin Garcia

Martin Garcia

A former Beeville Police Department dispatcher is charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Martin Garcia, 47, was in the Victoria County Jail on Wednesday.

He was arrested April 17, and his bail was set at $75,000.

Garcia also is ordered that if he posts bail, he cannot have contact with his alleged victim, her parents or siblings by any means and to not come within 200 yards of her residence, employment or school.

Garcia allegedly sexually assaulted the girl when she was 4 or 5 years old on or about Jan. 1, 2005; Feb. 1, 2005; March 1, 2005; and April 1, 2005.

The girl would stay with him and his then-wife off and on when they lived in Victoria, according to a Victoria Police Department complaint.

The girl told an adult about the assaults in December 2013. The adult then reported it to the San Patricio County Sheriff's Office, which looped in the Victoria Police Department.

Victoria Police Detective David Ruiz interviewed Garcia at the Beeville Police Department in February. Then, Garcia admitted to touching this girl and another girl sexually, according to the complaint.

Beeville Police Chief Joe Trevino said Garcia, who was a dispatcher for several years, resigned several months before he was arrested. Trevino said Monday that he was aware of an ongoing investigation but did not know what it was about.



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