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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tennessee Man Indicted for Illicit Sex with a Minor

Project Safe Childhood


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Tennessee man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for enticing a minor victim to engage in illicit sexual activity in Lawrence County, Mo.

Dylan Wade Garcia, 28, of Huntingdon, Tenn., was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo.

Today’s indictment alleges that Garcia used the Internet and a cell phone between June 9 and 26, 2014, to entice a minor under the age of 17 to engage in illicit sexual activity in Lawrence County. Garcia is also charged with one count of crossing state lines for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual activity and one count of possessing child pornography.

Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the Aurora-Marionville, Mo., Police Department and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.

Updated January 15, 2015