Former San Jose youth counselor arrested for sexual assault

SAN JOSE – A former court-appointed Santa Clara County youth counselor is in jail on charges of sexually assaulting one of his clients in the mid-2000s. During that time, he left his profession under a cloud to commit illegal acts with another minor girl, according to authorities.

Giorgio Raul Garcia, 53, of Red Bluff, was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting an underage girl who was his client while working as a court-appointed youth counselor in Santa Clara County in the mid-2000s. (San Jose Police Dept.)

Giorgio Raul Garcia, 53, was arrested on March 25 in Red Bluff, north of Chico, and taken to Santa Clara County, where he is being held at Elmwood Men’s Prison in Milpitas on $ 350,000 bail.

The arrest completed an investigation that began in February when a woman contacted the San Jose police to report that Garcia sexually assaulted her between 2003 and 2004 when he was used as her advisor by the juvenile court.

The allegation adds a new context to the circumstances in which Garcia stopped working with the county in 2006 after being accused, according to sources familiar with the investigation, of another underage girl who is also under his counseling supervision For giving alcohol. Court records related to this case appear to have been deleted, but that coincided with the court system breaking ties with him.

According to court records, the new charges against Garcia were filed on March 3, more than three weeks before his arrest in Red Bluff, where he currently lives. He was charged on March 26 and is due to return to court on May 19.

Garcia’s listed attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.

According to police, Garcia worked for several court-appointed service providers, including the defunct Rubicon Children’s Center in Fremont, the JT residential facilities in San Jose, and the County Department of Alcohol and Drug Services. Police also listed a facility called Taylor Juvenile Facilities for which location or organizational information could not be readily found on Monday.

It wasn’t immediately clear how long Garcia had worked with underage clients in the county. A first police press release stated that he had been doing this since 1980. However, after that news organization indicated that Garcia had started work at around 12, they said they could only confirm his work with the returned county until 1999.

Given his earlier access to Juvenile Hall and other places with children, San Jose police detectives suspect there may be more people who have had similar experiences with Garcia. Anyone with information for the investigation can contact Detective Anthony Barajas at 408-277-4102 or post a tip on Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867 or svcrimestoppers.org.

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