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VISTA, Calif. – An Oceanside couple accused of enslaving a 12-year-old girl faces 26 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor.

Neither Inez Martinez Garcia and Marcial Garcia Hernandez entered a plea during their arraignment in a Vista courtroom Monday.  The judge continued the arraignment to give the couple time to hire an attorney and also a special interpreter for Inez Garcia.

“At least one defendant is from the Oaxaca area of Mexico. They speak a Zapotecan dialect,” said Deputy District Attorney Gretchen Means.   “I think our desire always is for the defendants to have their choice of counsel to be represented in a way feel most comfortable.”

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

Inez Martinez Garcia and Marcial Garcia Hernandez

Hernandez and Garcia were arrested on Thursday and face 26 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor. Police said the couple smuggled the girl from Mexico and kept her at their Oceanside home on Grant Street.

Law enforcement sources said the girl was a relative of the couple, and that the couple had promised the girls’ parents she would have a better life and education in the U.S.SEX SLAVE, U-T San Diego reported.

The girl was forced to cook, clean and care for the couple’s three young children, according to investigators. She was forced to have sex with Hernandez and even sold as a sex slave, investigators said. When she did not comply, police said the couple beat her.

Prosecutors said the actions were against a minor, husband and wife face aggravated assault charges. Each count carries a 15 years to life sentence.

Bail was set at $2 million each. Garcia and Hernandez will return to court December 18.


  • Marisa

    Reading stories like this breaks my heart. I wish I could rescue children who are being abused take care of them & show them love what they are missing

  • Adrian

    Worked with this guy for a couple weeks up to the day before he got arrested and would have never suspected it just goes to show you how easily deceiving people can be

  • Anonymous

    I understand when you say that having worked alongside this alleged abuser this has come as quite a shock for you. Abusers and predators are very deceitful in their tactics to live what would appear a “normal life” as part of society, which why childhood sexual abuse goes undetected. I counsel survivors/victims of abuse and rape in the UK were the ratio is one in four children are being sexually abused with another study out today from Canada that one in four children aged 16 and under have also encountered sexual abuse. This is worldwide and at times difficult to detect, it is cases such as these sometimes encourages those that are being or have been abused to speak out. It’s about what can we do now to help openly and not hide by turning the other way. If they can find the courage, so should we to assist them.

  • anonymous

    Most of you people are ignorant. Judging without knowing the whole background story. Just because you hear it on the news doesn’t make you an expert on knowing every single detail about this case. Before talking and defending the girl that supposly got rapped get to know the real her.

    Just because they are Mexican doesn’t give you the right to be rude to them. If you don’t like them.then.just keep it to yourself cause honestly no one cares what you think about Mexicans and the racist comments you have to say about them.

    • bec

      Nobody here made any racist comments you fool. These people should be judged, not for being Mexican but for abusing children! How can you honestly say that you need to know more about the child?! It's as if you are saying that she is partly to blame for the terrifying and disgusting things that happened to her. People like you are the problem with the world – it is our job to protect children, and you trying to blame this poor child will send a negative message to all abused children who may be struggling to come forward. It is always pea brains like you who accuse others of being small minded – Shame on You!

      • anonymous

        Haha reread the comments you slow one and read the racist comments. For your information I know the girl and I know she goes around easily in other words she’s a straight up hoe.

  • Just saying

    Your in ignorant full. She was 16 yrs old. Any right minded person would NOT accept this. You seem like your a kid who knows everything and obviously you don't like her….. Hum. Any retaliation ship, family of the two in jail, perhaps. Topical child behavur. Once you have a wife and kids that you LOVE and RESPECT you'll know the feeling.

    • anonymous

      Behavior *
      I never said I knew everything or did I? Atleast im not a dumbass that believes every single detail about this case. First get to know her version of the story and the version of the couple.
      Let me ask you something? Where did it ever say she was 16 years old when she was “rapped”?

  • anonymous

    For your information she wasn’t even 16 years old when she was “rapped”!

    I seem like I’m a kid? Haha very funny. Check your spelling before saying anything.

  • susanne

    The majority of baby/child sex victims are born to single women, who have major psych, drug and alcohol issues, and live in poverty not giving a RA about where their baby or child is-or are prostituting their babies and children out for drug money. These bitches need to go to jail and should be sterilized. Most of our prisoners come from messed up women, who keep getting pregnant, for the sake of getting more welfare and food stamps. The system is so messed up. Babies and kids have no rights, and low lifes who get these nasty bitches pregnant, should also be sterilized. Pedophiles need to be executed. Bottom line. They don't deserve to walk the earth.

    • anonymous

      your are a sadly misinformed moron.. Wow just wow that you would express such ignorant information. get help and get a clue.

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