Oceanside couple charged in case of child sex slave
[trib_ndn vid=23906868 site_section=dash]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.”
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.
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