DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Addison Director of Police Bill Hayden announced today that bond has been set for an Addison man accused of entering an Addison residence last month and sexually assaulting a ten-year-old girl. Teodoro Garcia, 29 (d.o.b. 4/12/1992) of the 600 block of S. Iowa Avenue, appeared at a bond hearing this morning in front of Judge Michael Reidy who set bond at $1 million with 10% to apply. Garcia has been charged with three counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault – Victim Under Thirteen and one count of Home Invasion – Causing Injury, all Class X Felonies.
Today’s charges stem from allegations that on January 23, 2022, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Garcia entered the victim’s residence and found the victim and her siblings alone. It is alleged that the victim was playing in her bedroom with a sibling when the defendant entered the room. It is alleged that Garcia told the sibling to leave the room and after the sibling left the room Garcia ordered the victim to remove her clothes. It is further alleged that the victim refused and fought back at which time Garcia punched her in the face and strangled her. It is alleged that Garcia then removed the victim’s clothes and sexually assaulted her. It is alleged that following the assault, the victim’s parents returned home and that Garcia was hiding in a bathroom until he was discovered by one of the victim’s siblings. It is further alleged that the victim’s father confronted Garcia at which time Garcia swung at the father with a knife and fled the scene.
On January 30, 2022, the victim and her parents saw Garcia walking on the street and contacted the Addison Police Department. The father was able to detain Garcia until the police arrived at which time Garcia was taken into custody.
“The allegations against Mr. Garcia are beyond disturbing. This young girl, her siblings and her parents have every right to feel safe in their home. It is alleged that Mr. Garcia violated the sanctity their home provided in the worst possible way. I thank the Addison Police Department for their assistance on this very upsetting case. I also commend DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick and the DuPage County Forensic Science Center whose outstanding efforts allowed us to quickly file charges against the defendant in this case. I also thank the DuPage County Children’s Center for their work on this case as well as Assistant State’s Attorney Mike Fisher for his efforts in securing a very strong case against Mr. Garcia.”
— DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin
“As Chief of Police and a long-time police officer, I can say that it was extremely important to me and the members of the Addison Police Department to find the person responsible for allegedly sexually assaulting a ten-year-old girl. The police officers who initially responded to this heinous crime, as well as the investigators from the Addison Police Department, State’s Attorney Berlin’s Children’s Center and Sheriff’s Mendrick’s Crime Lab, skillfully analyzed and processed the crime scene and conducted interviews which led to the criminal charges. Addison residents can be assured that the law enforcement community cares about everyone and will always pursue and arrest criminals who prey on law-abiding citizens.”
— Addison Director of Police Bill Hayden
Garcia’s next court date is scheduled for March 3, 2022 for arraignment in front of Judge Reidy.
Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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