VALPARAISO, Ind. (STMW) — A Hammond man has been charged with three counts of Class C felony child molesting and with Class D felony dissemination of matter harmful for minors for allegedly showing a 10-year-old pornography and forcing sex with her.

Daniel Garcia, 36, is scheduled for trial for the week of March 31, and the court set bond at $10,000 cash.

Police were called to a Portage home June 13 about a disturbance where the victim’s mother said she found Garcia molesting the girl in her bed and slapped him when he tried to get past the mother to the girl afterwards.

Garcia said he was just in the room because the girl and his children sleeping on the floor were scared of lightning, but the girl told police he did sexual things to her three times in the last three weeks.

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