Former church deacon sentenced for lewd conduct

CALDWELL, Idaho — A former southwestern Idaho church deacon who told police Satan may have taken control of his body, causing him to molest a 12-year-old girl in a church storage room, has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison.

However, District Judge Bradly S. Ford retained jurisdiction for a year, meaning Alexander Gonzalez Garcia, 57, of Middleton, could get out of prison after a year if he responds well to treatment programs.

Garcia was initially charged with lewd conduct with a child, but pleaded guilty in March to sexual abuse of a minor. He must register as a sex offender and have no contact with the girl, her family or any girls under the age of 18.

Prosecutors say he molested the girl during a July 2013 potluck at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nampa.

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