Evans man found guilty of sexually abusing girl for nearly 3 years

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — A man was found guilty last week on three charges of sexual assault involving a child, the Weld County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

Jose Garza, 35 of Evans, was accused of sexually abusing a female child from April 2013 to February 2016.

The victim told a family member that she had been sexually abused for a few years and a police report was filed with the Evans Police Department on Feb. 18, 2016.

The victim told investigators that Garza began fondling her in 2013, and that he eventually penetrated her vaginally and anally, prosecutors said.

Garza would also demand the girl to perform oral sex on him, the district attorney’s office said. Garza told the girl it was “good for her” and that she had no choice.

Prosecutors said when the victim would refuse or ask Garza to stop he would smack her. Garza also threatened to kill the girl’s mother if she told anyone.

After nearly 18 months of court hearings, a judge found Garza guilty on all counts of sexual abuse involving a child.

“We take all crimes extremely seriously and it’s our job to prosecute criminals,” Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said.

“But when it comes to crimes of this nature, especially when children are involved, we have zero tolerance and seek the maximum penalty to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Garza faces a minimum of 10 years to life in prison. He will be sentenced on March 23.