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Ex-Las Cruces Detective Is Indicted In 2 Sex Cases

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former Las Cruces police detective accused of sexually assaulting two young girls has been indicted in both cases.

Prosecutors say 37-year-old Michael Garcia was indicted Thursday and is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 15.

He remains free on a $50,000 secured bond in the first case and a $20,000 secured bond in the second case.

Garcia was first arrested Aug. 23 for alleging sexually assaulted a teenage girl during a student ride-along in his unmarked police car.

He was arrested again Sept. 4 for allegedly assaulted another girl who was 10 or 11 years old when the reported offenses occurred between 2004 and 2008.

Garcia’s lawyer says he doesn’t believe his client is guilty.

Garcia resigned from the police department on Aug. 27 after 15 years on the force.

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