The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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April 12, 2014

Arrest warrant issued in statutory rape case


Garza called Sandland around that same time to find out if police were looking for him. He was told an investigation hadn't started and was warned that it would be illegal for a man his age to have sex with a 15-year-old girl, the complaint said. Garza told Sandland he and the girl were only friends, Sandland reported.

During a second interview with Sandland later on March 19, the girl said Garza refused to leave her alone and had been harassing her since February. While Sandland was interviewing the girl, he was contacted by Garza and he asked Sandland why police officers were looking for him. Sandland told Garza he needed to talk to him in person and Garza would likely be arrested. Garza ended the telephone call.

Garza called Sandland again March 19, allegedly admitted to having intercourse with the girl and said the girl's mother knew about it. He also said the girl was harassing him, the complaint said. Garza said he would turn himself in after making arrangements with his employer but called back later and implied he had decided to go to Texas or Mexico instead, Sandland reported.

Sandland requested an arrest warrant April 1 because officers have not been able to locate Garza, the complaint said. He had not been arrested as of Friday, according to court records.

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