Couple admits forcing niece to have sex with men

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VISTA, Calif. — An Oceanside couple who forced their 12-year-old niece to cook, clean and have sex with men, including an uncle, pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges that will keep them in prison for years.

Oceanside couple accused of having a 12-year-old sex slave.

Inez Martinez Garcia and Marcial Garcia Hernandez

Marcial Garcia Hernandez, 45, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault and lewd act on a child and will be sentenced to 23 years to life in prison on May 20.

His wife, 43-year-old Inez Martinez Garcia, pleaded guilty to three lewd act counts and will be sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

The couple was arrested in November after a two-and-a-half-year “cold case”  investigation into the victim’s allegations, sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Mata said.

The girl, now 24, told investigators she was brought to the United States from Mexico when she was 12 with promises of a better life and an education.

When she arrived at the couples’ home, however, she was forced to care for their three children, cook and clean the house under the threat of violence, including beatings, Mata said.

The victim was forced to have sex with Hernandez over a 21-month period, Mata said. When she refused to have sex, or did not complete her assigned tasks in a timely or correct manner, she was beaten, he said.

At one point, the victim lied about her age to work at a restaurant, and Garcia took her pay, Mata said. She was later forced to have sex with older men for money, Mata said.

The victim was eventually taken into protective custody after Garcia beat her, and someone reported it to police. She was then reunited with her family in Mexico.

The case was put on hold while the victim was in Mexico, but later revived when she returned to the United States and came forward with her story, Mata said.

6 comments

  • Antonio

    Why doesn't the dude who did the crime get more time?

    23 years for him and 20 for the wife?

    Should be 46 and 40.

      • Guest

        Agree, but they don't deserve to be allowed to lay down on a gurney, and be quietly put to sleep.

        Maybe do what they do over in Pakistan and places; bury them up to their shoulders, and gather everyone around, and stone them to death.

    • Peter

      If he survives sentencing or he hangs himself. It is not going to be nice in prison for having that crime. Believe me.

  • Guest

    Hopefully Marcial will be forced to cook, clean, and be a sex toy for Bubba and all of Bubba's friends for the next 23 years plus in prison. 🙂

    Neither one of them should see the light of day the rest of their sick lives.

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