A man with a socks fetish who harassed young girls and teenagers outside Murrieta schools, trying to coax them into his car, was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison.
Alexis Edmundo Zubi Garcia, 31, of Murrieta pleaded guilty last month to felony charges of communicating with a minor for the purpose of committing a crime and possession of child pornography, as well as 10 misdemeanor counts of annoying a child.
In exchange for his plea, the Riverside County District Attorney's Office dropped an allegation of attempted kidnapping.
Superior Court Judge Judith Clark certified the plea agreement Thursday and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense. Clark also ordered Garcia to register as a sex offender when he's paroled, establishing conditions on where he can live and what jobs he may obtain in order to limit his contact with children.
The defendant was arrested in mid-April after police confirmed he had followed and accosted about a dozen children over a two-month span.
He was first taken into custody after a detective in an unmarked car spotted him speaking with a girl outside the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest County at 40500 California Oaks Road, according to Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad.
Garcia was freed on $5,000 bail but re-arrested within a couple of days after he was positively identified as the suspect in numerous encounters with girls at Alta Murrieta Elementary, Murrieta Mesa High School, Rail Ranch Elementary and Shivela Middle School, Conrad said. The defendant's house is just around the corner from Avaxat Elementary.
"Mr. Garcia drives up to minor female victims between 11 and 17 years old and engages them in conversation," Conrad said earlier. "The conversation centers around the victims' socks. The investigation led detectives to believe the suspect has a fixation with the socks being worn by the minors ... (and) the obsession is sexual in nature."
None of the victims were hurt during their encounters with the defendant.
– City News Service.