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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say a man is facing charges for sex crimes with a child after they say he was caught molesting a relative.

The call came in around 2:15 p.m. yesterday when police say the child’s father walked in on the man sexually assaulting the 5-year-old at his home in the 3700 block of Carolina Beach Road. Officers say when the father walked into his home around the time of the call, he saw Nolberto Santiago Garcia, 22, standing in front of the child with his pants down.

Police say when officers arrived at the home, they were able to confirm with the child that they were sexually assaulted by Garcia. Investigators say the child was then taken to the hospital, and Garcia was arrested trying to leave the home.

Garcia is charged with first-degree sexual offense of a child and indecent liberties with a child. He is in the New Hanover County Jail under $1,000,000 secured bond. According to jail records, Garcia is expected to make his first appearance in court later today.

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