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Las Cruces man sentenced for child rape

Ace Garcia, 34, of Las Cruces, was sentenced to 24.5 years in prison after being convicted in November 2017 of second-degree criminal sexual penetration of a minor and other crimes.

A child rapist was sentenced Wednesday in Dona Ana County.

Garcia, 34, of Las Cruces, was sentenced to 24.5 years in prison after being convicted in November of second-degree criminal sexual penetration of a minor and other crimes.

Garcia was convicted on Nov. 7 on four counts in connection with the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

An investigation revealed that Garcia, who lived in the home with the girl, was asked to drive the victim to school on the morning of Dec. 2, 2015.

Instead of taking her to school, Garcia returned her to the family home where police say he encouraged her to drink “several shots of alcohol” against her will, according to court records.

Later that day, Garcia sexually assaulted the girl while she was changing clothes.

According to the police report, Garcia offered to purchase the Plan B pill for the girl so she wouldn’t get pregnant.

The victim disclosed the attack the following day to a relative, who then notified the Las Cruces Police Department.

Detective Amador Martinez investigated the case for the Las Cruces Police Department.

A Las Cruces jury convicted Garcia of criminal sexual penetration of a child 13 to18 by force or coercion, a second-degree felony; criminal sexual contact of a minor in the fourth degree; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a fourth-degree felony; and concealing identity, a petty misdemeanor.

The victim spoke to KFOX14 and said she is satisfied with the sentencing but says her life will never be the same again.

“I’ve tried to end my life two times after the situation happened and I thank everyone who’s ever helped me because I wouldn’t be here today without them,” she said.

Garcia still didn’t believe he deserved to go to jail.

“It’s unnecessary for me to go back to prison. I just want to say that I do forgive for what this turnout came to be,” Garcia said.

The victim’s parents also addressed the courtroom saying their daughter had been traumatized but hope she will heal with time.

Upon release, Garcia must also complete an indeterminate period of supervised probation ranging from five to 20 years, and must register as a sex offender for life.

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