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3 1/2 Years In Prison For Man Who Molested Girl, 6

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Alberto Garcia Jr.

Alberto Garcia Jr., 61, has pleaded guilty to molesting a 6-year-old girl. (Credit: Will County Sheriff’s Office)

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JOLIET, Ill. (CBS) — A Will County man will spend the next 3 1/2 years in prison for molesting a 6-year-old girl who saw him as a “trusted family friend.”

Alberto Garcia Jr., 61, of Monee, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse before Will County Judge Edward Burmila, but he offered no statement when given an opportunity to make one.

“Mr. Garcia, your conduct is not only disgusting, it’s loathsome,” Burmila said.

Police said on June 26, Garcia picked up the little girl and claimed he was taking her to a store. But he instead took her to his home in the 6200 block of West Monee-Manhattan Road in Monee, and molested her.
The girl’s family called police that night after Garcia brought her home.

Garcia, who appeared in the courtroom in a wheelchair, faced as many as seven years in prison. His attorney said Garcia has two daughters and worked as a landscaper.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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