Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Young Girl in the Midlands

Deputies have arrested Joseph Garcia who is accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old.

Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) - Kershaw County deputies have arrested a man who they say sexually assaulted a young girl. 

Joseph Elliot Garcia, 44, is charged with criminal sexual conduct first degree. 

Officers say on December 28, the sheriff's department got a report from the victim's mother that Garcia had sexually assaulted the child. An investigation began that included a physical exam of the girl, and that lead to officers getting a warrant.

Deputies say they were able to track him to a motel in Lancaster County that he was working at. Investigators say he does not have a permanent address. 

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said Garcia has an extensive criminal history.

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