Ogden police arrest man in connection with 2007 sexual assault cold case

Friday , March 09, 2018 - 4:50 PM

OGDEN — Police say a man has been arrested in connection with a 2007 cold case. 

Francisco Javier Garcia, 48, is booked in jail on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sodomy upon a child, both first-degree felonies. 

Ogden Police Lt. Tim Scott said the charges against Garcia stem from the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl on April 8, 2007. 

Scott said the victim, who was from Layton, ran away from home and tried to hitchhike to another town. The victim was picked up by a man and taken to a hotel in Ogden, where she was raped. 

Police interviewed the victim shortly after the attack and collected DNA evidence in a rape kit, Scott said. 

An affidavit for an arrest warrant says the rape kit was sent to the state crime lab in 2014 for testing. It wasn’t until January 2016 that it was tested, and Garcia was identified as a suspect based on the results. 

Investigators discovered that Garcia was deported to Mexico in 2009, and the case stalled until he was located in Daggett County Jail in December 2016. Police then collected an updated DNA sample and interviewed Garcia, who denied sexually assaulting the girl.

Police again interviewed the victim, who described the suspect in detail. The description matched that of Garcia, the affidavit says. 

When an arrest warrant was approved, Garcia, who at the time was being detained at a county jail in Texas for aggravated re-entry into the country, was extradited back to Utah, Scott said. 

Garcia was booked in Weber County Jail on Wednesday, according to booking reports. He is being held in lieu of a $40,000 bond.

His initial appearance took place Friday morning in Ogden’s 2nd District Court, online court records say. His next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14.

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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