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Sunnyside man accused of molesting girl selling candy

Sunnyside man accused of molesting girl selling candy
SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- A scary encounter for a Sunnyside girl selling candy door-to-door. Police arrested an 80-year-old man accused of fondling her while she was selling candy to his wife. He's in jail after appearing in court today.

Woods Road looks to be a family-friendly street. Until Monday, a 13-year-old girl thought that, too.

Court documents say she told police that Andres Garcia fondled and kissed her in his backyard behind this house. Records say his wife brought her there while she got money for the candy. The girl told police Garcia told her not to tell anyone what happened.

According to police, Garcia admitted to kissing the girl and telling her not to tell anyone, but not to touching her.

Lorenzo Ramos lives in Sunnyside. His daughter lives in the neighborhood.

"I'm worried because it's not supposed to be that kind of problems passed in these streets over here. Because, this area is a family area."

A worry shared by the girl's mother. She didn't want to talk on camera, but gave me this statement: "I just hope nobody's child ever goes through this and no child should be afraid to go outside and play."

According to the affidavit, Garcia's wife told police he was drunk that night. And, that she always knew something like this would happen. Young girls are too much of a temptation for him.

To get all sides, I spoke to Garcia's family. They chose not to comment.

The judge set Garcia's bail at $100,000 and ordered him to stay away from the girl. Garcia's scheduled back in court in two weeks.
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