25 Years in Prison for Crimes Against a Child

Juan Francisco Garcia Rivas was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 25 years in prison for one count of Lewd or Lascivious Conduct and one count of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation. The sentence will be followed by lifetime sex offender probation. He was also designated a sexual predator.

Assistant State Attorney Erin Hughes, of the State Attorney’s Office Special Victims Unit, prosecuted the case.

In December 2021, the defendant molested a child at a home in Lee County. An adult learned of the crime and contacted law enforcement. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit responded. Their investigation led to the identification and arrest of the defendant.

Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office