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Details reported in teen sex case of police officer
[Glendale, AZ]

March 15, 2001
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Details reported in teen sex case of police officer
[Glendale, AZ]

By Brent Whiting, The Arizona Republic
March 14, 2001 Wednesday, Final Chaser
Copyright 2001 Phoenix Newspapers, Inc.
The Arizona Republic
March 14, 2001 Wednesday, Final Chaser

(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- A police detective had been drinking heavily when he took sexual liberties with a 15-year-old girl, according to a police report released Tuesday.

In addition, Daniel Ray Garcia, 28, an eight-year member of the Glendale force, was depressed over a pending divorce, according the report.

The girl, a Surprise resident, told investigators Garcia knew she was only 15 because in October he attended her Quinceanera, a Hispanic ceremony that marks a girl's 15th birthday.

The girl also told investigators that Garcia made unwanted advances Jan. 28 that started with kissing and ended with sexual touching.

"I've never had a guy that close," the girl told a Surprise investigator, who described her as "an intelligent teenager, but seemed somewhat naive when it came to sex."

Garcia, who is free without bail, was arrested Saturday by Surprise police and booked in a Maricopa County jail on a charge of sexual conduct with a minor.

The officer, a property-crimes investigator, has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the criminal case, police said.

Garcia came under investigation after he confided March 6 to another Glendale officer, who is the girl's relative, that he had engaged in sexual touching, according to the report. The officer reported the confession to his supervisor.

The officer, who was instructed to file a report with Surprise police, described Garcia as a man with drinking problems because of personal difficulties, including a breakup of his marriage.

Garcia, who is a father, filed for divorce Nov. 3, court records show. The petition was granted Jan. 30, two days after the misconduct was said to have taken place.

Garcia could not be reached for comment.

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