Jesse Anthony Garcia

Jesse Anthony Garcia

GOODYEAR, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A Goodyear man and former Phoenix high school employee faces a felony charge of sexual exploitation of a minor after police say they uncovered multiple photos and videos of child porn that appeared to have been taken inside his Goodyear home.

When the alleged crimes happened back in 2016, Jesse Anthony Garcia, 29, had just been fired from his job as a contract employee with the Phoenix Unified School District. He was let go for "inappropriate contact with a student," according to police.

But according to court documents, Garcia's alleged sexual exploitation crimes did not come to light until this month, when Homeland Security in Phoenix got a tip from police in Australia. The Australian authorities said they had come across photos and videos of an 8- to 10-year-old girl in various states of undress and taking part in various sexual acts. These images were posted on a known child porn website. Australian police said their analysts were able to track the GPS position of where the photos and videos of the child were taken and recorded. Police believe that 37 photos and two videos were recorded between February and April of 2016 at Garcia's Goodyear home, near Yuma Road and Sarival Avenue.

A search warrant was served at Garcia's home. Inside the house, police say there were able to match decor (wall paint, floorboards, etc.) to the background in the photos and videos. Garcia refused to answer any further questions, according to the police report. But when questioned, Garcia's wife said that the young victim did not live at the home, but had come to visit on multiple occasions, and had also been left alone a number of times with Garcia.

As for Garcia's former role with the Phoenix Unified School District, it was unclear what position he held. But the police paperwork states he was contracted "to provide one-on-one services." Police say he was fired for "inappropriate behavior with a minor," after it emerged that he had been communicating with a student via social media. The police report details some of the exchanges. Police say that Garcia sent a number of messages to the student, including: "So you're 14," "Let's keep it under wraps" and "You have to keep it a secret."

Garcia is being held on a $1 million bond.

 

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