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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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Visduh May 20, 2013 @ 8:28 p.m.

As I've pointed out previously, this is a pair of Mexicans who don't even admit to being able to speak Spanish and are the sort that came to take "those jobs that Americans won't take." The job they found most convenient was pimping their niece. So they entered the US illegally, and now will burden us with feeding/housing/nursing them for decades into the future. Oh, if they are eventually deported, will the government of our neighbor to the south take such a caring attitude to them? Or will they also qualify for amnesty?

There are undoubtedly many similar cases that exist within the community of illegal entrants. This pair happened to run afoul of a push by Bahnee D to crack down on human trafficking, and so they have the book thrown at them. Good for Bahnee and good for the justice system . . . this time.


Javajoe25 May 20, 2013 @ 10:41 p.m.

I don't get why it took the niece ten years to complain.


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