A church deacon charged with lewd conduct claims the devil made him sexually abuse a 12-year-old girl.
Alexander Gonzalez Garcia, a deacon with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nampa, Idaho, was arrested earlier this week, charged with lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 16, according to a report issued by the Idaho Statesman on Dec. 13.
The girl reports Garcia sexually assaulted her in a church storage room during a potluck.
When interviewed by detectives, Garcia admitted being in the storage room with the minor, and went on to claim that Satan was also in the storage room, and may have taken control of his body.
During an interview with Nampa Police detectives, Garcia initially denied touching the girl sexually, according to court documents.
“Garcia said he did hug and kiss [the 12-year-old] but that was something he did all the time,” Nampa Police Detective Norman Corder wrote in a report.
Later in the interview, Garcia told detectives that Satan had been in the storage room with him and the girl, and had taken control of him and made him touch the child inappropriately.
Garcia is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 24. If convicted, Garcia could face life in prison.