January 05, 2005

Garcia spends his holidays in jail cell

The Daily Journal

By LAURA CLARK/The Daily Journal

Daniel Aram Garcia spent Christmas and New Year's in jail, where he remains after violating the terms of his release.

Garcia, 47, of Willits -- who awaits sentencing on a child molestation charge -- at his arraignment Dec. 16 pleaded guilty to one count of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child of 14 or 15 years old. He was released on his own recognizance at that time with orders not to try to contact his victim or be alone with anyone under the age of 18 without another adult present.

On Dec. 23, Garcia attempted to write to the girl he molested and was rearrested and taken back to jail with bail set at $200,000. ...

The case has attracted attention because Garcia was a well-known and well-liked figure at the courthouse, a former candidate for county clerk, and a pastor at a church in Redwood Valley.

Posted by kshaw at January 5, 2005 05:44 PM