BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) — A Siloam Springs man has been found guilty of raping a 10-year-old girl.
Jose Garcia-Chicol, 34, of Siloam Springs was convicted of rape and sentenced to life in prison last week.
Garcia-Chicol was arrested in December after the victim spoke with authorities.
Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Nathan Smith made the following statement on the conviction of Garcia-Chicol.
“A man’s abuse of a child is among the most repugnant and evil acts imaginable. I am grateful that the jury imposed a life sentence on this defendant, who preyed on his own stepdaughter. I admire the work of law enforcement, Deputy Prosecutors Tyler Williams and Katie Fisher, and most of all the victim, who had the courage to testify against her abuser.”
Garcia-Chicol had no prior criminal history.