Facebook rendevous leads to molestation

Hector Javier Vega Garcia


A Port Arthur man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a young girl.

Hector Javier Vega Garcia, 25, waived his right to a grand jury indictment on Dec. 6., choosing to admit his fault in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner, Garcia has admitted to forcibly removing the victim’s clothing and raping her in his vehicle before forcing the young girl to perform oral sex on him. The affidavit said the young girl repeatedly told Garcia she did not want to have sex with him.

A prosecutor familiar with the case said the two met on one of America’s most popular social media websites.

“She had met him online, on Facebook ... and she went out one night to meet up with him,” the prosecutor said. “She got in the car and left with him and then she said he sexually assaulted her.”

The prosecutor said Garcia’s plea deal would cap his probation at 10 years, a sentence which could have been much worse had the victim decided to take the stand in a trial.

“We offered probation because the family decided that’s what they wanted,” the prosecutor said. “They did not want her (the victim) to have to testify.”

Garcia is set to appear for sentencing in Judge John Stevens’ Criminal District Court January 13, 2014.

Upon his sentencing, Garcia must register as a sex offender.