A 30-year-old man was described as “an extreme danger to the community” on Thursday when he made his first court appearance after allegedly exposing himself to at least two young girls in Coral Springs last month.
Jorge Garcia was arrested Wednesday on a charge of lewd and lascivious exhibition on a victim under the age of 16, according to court documents.
“You represent an extreme danger to the community,” said Broward Judge John ‘Jay” Hurley. “It does appear you are preying on young girls. It is not an isolated incident. You keep doing it.”
Hurley set what he called “a significant bond” of $500,000 on the lewd and lascivious charge before revoking previous bonds set following Garcia’s arrests for drug possession and other charges. That means Garcia is not now eligible to get out of jail.
According to a police affidavit read by Hurley in court, Garcia was driving a red Chevrolet pickup truck with a camper top when on April 24 he pulled up to a 12-year-old girl sitting in a car outside a Coral Springs Walgreens.
“You allegedly pull up, expose yourself, and behave in a lewd manner in front of this 12-year-old girl who was sitting in a car waiting for her mother inside the store,” Hurley said. “She allegedly told the police what happened, got a description of your vehicle and you allegedly fled the scene.”
Six days later, in another incident in Coral Springs, a concerned citizen called 911 when a Chevrolet pickup with camper on top stopped and began conversing with another female child, according to the affidavit read by Hurley.
“At the same time, a school bus passed the defendant’s stopped vehicle [and the] bus driver observed that you were exposing yourself to the girl,” Hurley said. “The bus driver alerted the child and yelled for the child to run.”
The 911 caller followed Garcia, Hurley said, and relayed the truck’s license plate number to police. The caller also watched Garcia approach two other children who ran away from his truck, Hurley said.
Garcia told the judge that he was a lifelong South Florida resident who worked as a cook.
He has prior cases for petty theft, marijuana possession and attempted strong arm robbery in Miami-Dade County, according to information outlined in court.
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