Gerber man arraigned on dozen charges alleging continuous sexual abuse of children
RED BLUFF, Calif. — A Gerber man was formally arraigned yesterday in connection with a case involving the continuous sexual abuse of two children that the Tehama County District Attorney’s Office allege took place in the City of Red Bluff and within the unincorporated Tehama County area.
The suspect, 25-year-old Alex Torres-Garcia, now faces twelve felony counts including sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child 10-years -old or younger, oral copulation or sexual penetration of a child 10-years-old or younger, and continuous sexual abuse. KRCR News Channel 7 has reported the victims were 5-year-old girls.
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Torres-Garcia was arrested on Friday after allegations surfaced involving several incidents that Tehama County Sheriff’s officials say took place over a prolonged period of time.
Details about his arrest and charges came to light when he was arraigned in Tehama County Superior Court yesterday.
A Gerber man was formally arraigned in Tehama County Superior Court yesterday on charges related to the continuous sexual abuse of two children, reported to be 5-year-old girls.
His next court appearance for further arraignment proceedings and felony settlement conference is currently scheduled for June 2 in Department 1 of the Tehama County Superior Court.
He remains in custody and his bail has been set at $5 million.
Because this investigation involved two different victims, officials believe there could be additional victims and have asked that anyone with further information to contact them.
Anyone with information relevant to this investigation or who believes they know someone who was possibly victimized by Torres-Garcia is encouraged to contact Detective Eric Patterson at the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office at (530)529-7920.
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