St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces arrest in Dallas, Texas, of 43-year-old man on 55 child cruelty and computer obscenity felony charges
In a case that originated with a School Resource Deputy at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Ken J. Mascara has announced the arrest in Dallas, Texas, of a 43-year-old man for 55 charges of child cruelty and computer obscenity.
"Based on the probable cause developed in our case, Dallas police last Friday arrested Bobby Arrandondo Garcia, of Dallas," Sheriff Mascara said. "Garcia sent obscene e-mail messages and images to his 16-year-old victim, who is a high school student in St. Lucie County."
Garcia is charged with:
- One count of the second-degree felony of obscene computer communication to seduce a child;
- Eighteen counts of the second-degree felony of obscene computer communication to a minor from an offender 18 or older;
- Eighteen counts of the third-degree felony of distributing obscene material to a minor; and
- Eighteen counts of the third-degree felony of child cruelty.
"The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office takes computer-related obscenity crimes seriously," Sheriff Mascara said, "especially when a suspect tries to lure an under-age victim into a sexual relationship. We will thoroughly investigate and vigorously prosecute cases involving these crimes to the maximum extent allowed by law."
Sheriff Mascara continued: "School-based deputies are in important link in the chain of investigation of these cases when they involve vulnerable school children."
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