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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 6:24pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The Las Cruces Police detective accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl has resigned from the police department.
Michael Garcia, 37, has been charged with one count each of criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact with a minor as a person in position of authority.
According to a criminal complaint, the alleged crimes took place in May of 2011 with a student involved in the Excel Program.
The records showed a girl believed to be 17 at the time was interested in becoming a police officer.
According to the documents, Garcia drove the student to a neighborhood after a ride-along and is believed to have unzipped her pants and touched her.
The records showed Garcia also allegedly forced the girl to touch him.
The criminal complaint states the victim told police she started crying and remembers Garcia saying "You're not going to say anything right."
According to the criminal complaint, when police met with Garcia he admitted to having touched the girl.
Garcia was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
He was scheduled to appear in court Friday morning but filed a waiver of appearance.