Molestation case heads to court

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Despite the constant shaking of his head and family members praying over rosary beads, a 69-year-old Lawrenceville man will go to superior court facing child molestation charges.

A magistrate judge found probable cause Friday to bind the three counts of aggravated child molestation and two counts of indecent exposure facing Antonio Sanchez-Garcia following incidents reported by two neighborhood girls.

In court Friday, Detective Jennifer Roberts of Gwinnett's Special Victims Unit testified that a 10-year-old neighbor of Sanchez-Garcia told her that the suspect exposed himself to her in front of his family residence.

Another 7-year-old neighbor later told her that Sanchez-Garcia had exposed himself in front of her on 10 occasions and had touched her groin on two separate occasions, one of which had the suspect's 3-year-old granddaughter in the same room.

"(In the interview) he kept saying he couldn't possibly have done this because he doesn't speak English," Roberts said.

The 7-year-old girl reported that the incidents occured as recently as two weeks ago. Both girls are friends of the suspect's 10-year-old grandson.

Sanchez-Garcia has been in Gwinnett County jail since April 8.