Lufkin man accepts 10 years probation for attempted sexual assault

Lufkin man accepts 10 years probation for attempted sexual assault

A 28-year-old Lufkin man accepted a plea bargain deal of 10 years of probation for breaking into a home and attempting to sexually assault a woman back in May.

When Hector Garcia appeared in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court for a plea hearing Friday morning, he pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony attempted sexual assault charge.

At the time of his arrest, Garcia was originally charged with first-degree felony burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit another felony.

Al Charanza, Garcia's defense attorney, said that although the initial police report indicated that Garcia sexually assaulted the woman, further investigation revealed that attempted sexual assault was the more appropriate charge.
According to Lt. Jerry Smith with the Lufkin Police Department, a Spanish-speaking LPD officer responded to a house on Paul Avenue at 10:30 p.m. on May 25. He spoke to a man at the home that said his wife had been sexually assaulted by another man. Smith said the man's wife was crying and hysterical.

The woman identified Garcia as the suspect. Smith said that after the husband left the home at about 6 p.m. that night, Garcia showed up at about 8 p.m. and forced his way inside the home.
"He started touching and kissing her, saying he liked her," Smith said.

Smith said that Garcia dragged the woman to a back room, took her clothes off, and sexually assaulted her even though she asked for him to stop.

Later, the woman fled to the car and called her mother-in-law for help. While she was on the phone, Garcia was allegedly beating on the car window.

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