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On January 31, 2019, Boone County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested a Belvidere man on multiple child sex offenses.
Juan Garcia, 43 years old of Belvidere, was charged with one count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (Class 2 Felony). Garcia remains in Boone County Jail on a $500,000.00 (10%) bond.
The arrest of Garcia came after it was reported he had sexually abused a child under the age of 17. The investigation continues and additional charges are forthcoming. A class 2 felony is punishable by three (3) to seven (7) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone having information on a crime or narcotic trafficking to call the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at 815-544-2144 or Crime Stoppers at 815-547-7867.
Members of the public are reminded that these are only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the State’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.