Mother speaks out about allegations that man touched her young daughter


HOUSTON – The mother of a 10-year-old girl, the alleged victim of a sex crime, comes forward and speaks only to Local 2 about what the suspect did to her daughter.

"I hate him. I hate him what he did to my family, I hate him what he did to my little girl," she said.

Daniel Garcia, 20, is accused of downloading child pornography, taking pictures of the 10-year-old girl and inappropriately touching her.

"Now I'm afraid she will be going through a lot of counseling as she is growing up," said her mother. "It's like a bomb crashed on you and there's nothing you can do. It's already too late."

Garcia appeared before a judge on Thursday.

He is charged with three counts of child pornography and one count of indecency with a child.

In July 2014, a woman called police to report that she found disturbing images of children on a phone that she had just purchased.

The woman said she bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from a Pagetel store on Antoine Drive and asked the employee to transfer her old information and pictures to her new phone. 

After she got home and looked at the phone, the woman saw only a few of her pictures, but many pictures of naked children. 

She then called police.

A digital forensic investigator reviewed the phone and found hundreds of graphic images of children, some of whom appeared to be as young as 4 years old, in sexually explicit situations.

Investigators contacted the phone service provider, which provided them with a list of previous subscribers.

Garcia was one of the subscribers, and there was a picture in the phone that matched his Texas driver's license.

When investigators questioned Garcia, he allegedly admitted to previously owning the phone, but said it had been stolen. 

He also admitted that the images and downloads were his, and that he has been viewing child pornography since he was 12 years old, investigators said.

Investigators said that after further investigation, they learned that Garcia had also been inappropriately touching an 8-year-old girl since she was in kindergarten.