TIERRA AMARILLA ― Monday, First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced that Miguel G. Garcia, a former teacher at Mesa Vista High School, was sentenced to 18 years for raping a student between 2012-213.
A Rio Arriba jury found Garcia guilty in March on two counts of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor in the 4th degree and five counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor in the 4th Degree. The Office of District Attorney Marco Serna asked for the maximum sentence.
“Sexual violence against our children will never be tolerated, and now this sexual predator who raped a young girl is headed to prison after the work of our office and multiple law enforcement agencies,” District Attorney Marco Serna said. “If you victimize a child, my office will use the full force of the law to hold you accountable.
The judge suspended nine years of the 18 year sentence and gave the defendant approximately three years of presentence confinement credit. After the defendant finishes his 6 plus year prison term, he will be on supervised probation for five years and register as a sex offender for life.
Deputy District Attorney Anastasia Martin and Assistant District Attorney Jane Handley prosecuted the case.