Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Mexican immigrant living in Milton on charges of child sexual assault June 13.
Jose Brandon Prado Garnica, 21, of Milton allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl for a year and a half after coming to the U.S. in 2017.
A witness whose name was redacted from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report said they moved to Florida from Mexico, but Prado Garnica was denied entry into the U.S. for a positive marijuana test. He remained in Mexico with his sister.
The sister informed the witness that Prado Garnica has been accused of inappropriately touching little girls in Mexico, including the child of a “cartel” member. The witness said they helped him flee to the U.S. in 2017.
According to witness statements in the report, Prado Garnica began sexually abusing the victim at this time and continued to do so for a year and a half. The victim was 12 years old at the time of the first incident.
Prado Garcina threatened the life of the victim and sexually battered her according to the report, causing injuries that required first aid.
On April 18, the victim allegedly cut her wrists in an attempt to kill herself to avoid continued assault by Prado Garnica.
According to one of the witnesses, when confronted about the abuse, Prado Garnica said he only kissed the child and she “came on to him.”
Witnesses took the child and fled to California. One witness said she blames herself for what happened because she helped Prado Garnica come to the U.S. knowing he had been abusing little girls according to her statement.
The victim’s statement is entirely redacted from the report.
Prado Garcia has been charged with battery strangulation, kidnapping false imprisonment, sexual assault with the threat of force on a victim 12 years or older and sexual assault on a child 12 years or older.
He remained in Santa Rosa County Jail on no bond as of Monday afternoon. He faces up to life in prison.