Pima County sergeant charged with sexual assault

Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 5:40 PM MST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2023 at 6:14 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A Pima County Sheriff’s Department sergeant is facing a sexual assault charge after an incident that allegedly took place during a party at his home last month.

Ricardo “Ricky” Garcia turned himself in Wednesday, Jan. 18, and Sheriff Chris Nanos said the department is moving to terminate Garcia.

He made his first court appearance Thursday morning and was released under the supervision of pretrial services.

The Pima County Attorney’s office recommended a $50,000 bond on a charge that carries a mandatory prison term.

According to the state, the victim was unconscious at the time of the alleged sexual assault. Garcia also allegedly contacted the victim to try to convince her not to make a statement that would implicate him.

Ricardo “Ricky” Garcia turned himself in Wednesday, Jan. 18, on a sexual assault charge.
Ricardo “Ricky” Garcia turned himself in Wednesday, Jan. 18, on a sexual assault charge.(Pima County Sheriff's Department)

“This is unacceptable. This is not who we are,” Nanos said. “This is not what we’re about and we won’t stand for it. We will investigate it and prosecute it to its fullest.”

Garcia, a school resource officer, was placed on administrative leave with pay after a woman said she was sexually assaulted at a Christmas party he hosted at his home. Nanos told 13 News in December that the incident involved another off-duty employee.

Before his arrest, Garcia had risen up the ranks from patrols to a sex crime detective.

Going forward, Nanos said, his focus is on the victim, and making sure she gets the support she needs.