Shelli DeRobertis 2 p.m., July 30
Aunt and uncle get prison for “pimping” their 12-yr-old niece
Uncle Marcial and Aunt Inez admitted crimes in their Oceanside home
A man-and-wife who abused and prostituted their own niece in their Oceanside home more than ten years ago were sentenced today to more than 20 years in prison, according to San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.
Uncle Marcial Garcia Hernandez, 45, and his wife Inez Martinez Garcia, 44, both pleaded guilty last March to lewd acts on child. The crimes happened in 2001 and 2002, when the victim was 12 years old, according to testimony at a hearing February 28, 2013.
“This case is a tragic reminder that human trafficking exists,” Bonnie Dumanis said in a statement today. The top prosecutor said her office is working to hold perpetrators accountable.
The victim, who is now an adult, testified at a court hearing this year that she came to San Diego from Mexico hoping for a better life, and expected to go to school here. Instead, she was kept home to care for her aunt and uncle’s own three children and to do housework and cooking, and became the object of her uncle’s sexual advances.
“Garcia also forced the victim to have sex with other men in the area for money,” Bonnie Dumanis stated today.
Uncle Marcial pleaded guilty to one count of rape of a child and one count of child abuse, and today was sentenced to 23-years-to-life in prison.
Aunt Inez pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse, she was sentenced to 20 years prison.
Both criminals have been flagged for review by immigration authorities, according to the Sheriff’s website.
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