Chino Hills – Deputies from the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Division assisted Chino Hills’ Detectives in the arrest of a 39-year old man who had a year-long sexual relationship with a teen girl, and continued to stalk her through social media after the termination of the relationship.
According to the Chino Hills Police Department, Cesar Garcia, 39, of Ontario, began a relationship with a 15-year old girl he met through his teenage sister. Garcia used the deception of inviting the girl to babysit his children in order to get her into his house on a repeated basis.
Garcia reportedly had profiles on multiple social media sites, and was in contact with the victim and several of her friends. He is also said to have used social media to request and receive child pornography. Witnesses have seen Garcia parked near the victim’s home on several occasions.
A year into the relationship, the victim attempted to end the relationship, but Garcia would not allow it. On Aug. 22, Garcia followed the victim and her friends, confronted the group and ripped her phone from her hands. The confrontation prompted the victim to notify law enforcement.
When Garcia learned law enforcement was involved, he reportedly abandoned his five minor children and fled from his Ontario apartment.
Garcia continued to stalk the victim, including the hacking of her social media sites. He posted inappropriate, sexual content on her sites and used her profiles to have communication with other teen girls (the Chino Hills Police Department notes that some popular social applications used by teens are administered by companies outside of the U.S. that do not comply with law enforcement requests for criminal content). Despite an active warrant for his arrest, Garcia evaded law enforcement for three months, all the while continuing to stalk and harass the victim.
On Mon., Dec. 15, Garcia was arrested in Garden Grove by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Division. Garcia’s daughter, Britnie Garcia, 19, was also arrested for playing an active role in helping her father evade apprehension. Both were booked at the West Valley Detention Center. Cesar Garcia is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Police Detectives are concerned there may be additional victims in this case considering the suspect’s methods and his presence on social media. Anyone who might be a victim or has knowledge regarding this situation is encouraged to contact Detective Harper at the Chino Hills Police Station, at (909) 364-2000. Confidentiality will be maintained throughout the process.