Man charged with sexually assaulting Kearns girl as she walked home from school

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    (KUTV) Unified Police has apprehended a man who is now charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl at a Kearns park.

    Prosecutors charged Fred Hendrick Garcia, 40, Monday morning with aggravated sexual abuse of a child after the teen identified him as the man who assaulted her in at David Gourley Park in Kearns.

    According to the victim, Garcia held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her as he sexually assaulted her.

    The assault happened in March 2015, but the victim did not contact police until March 2017. A Unified Police detective stated in charging documents that he received several tips that indicated Garcia was the attacker.

    Garcia, who police say is transient, was identified in a photo lineup.

    Unified Police say that Garcia is currently in the Utah State Hospital.

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