Police: Man Admits to Abusing Local Girl for Years

Published 08/14 2014 10:24PM

Updated 08/15 2014 10:59AM

Garcia faces rape charges in Springdale.
Garcia faces rape charges in Springdale.
SPRINGDALE, AR-- Police say they've arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl-- for years.

Officers cuffed William Fernando Garcia-Merlos after an investigation revealed he had been inappropriately touching a 14 year old girl, since she was 8 years old.

According to the police report, Garcia-Merlos admitted to touching the victim.

He's now in the Washington County Jail facing a charge of second-degree sexual assault.

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