Leipsic man pleads guilty to rape charge


By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@limanews.com



Alex Treece, attorney, left, and his client Joseph Garcia appeared in Putnam County Common Pleas Court Thursday where Garcia plead guilty on a charge of rape.

Alex Treece, attorney, left, and his client Joseph Garcia appeared in Putnam County Common Pleas Court Thursday where Garcia plead guilty on a charge of rape.


OTTAWA — A Leispsic man pleaded guilty to a charge of rape in Common Pleas Court in Putnam County Thursday.

Joseph Garcia, 39, appeared before Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge Keith Schierloh. Garcia will be sentenced at 2 p.m. March 23.

A pre sentence investigation report was ordered to be completed.

Since he plead guilty, a charge of sexual imposition was dropped. Garcia appeared in court Thursday with his attorney, Alex Treece.

A jury trial had been previously set for March, but will not be held since Garcia plead to the charge.

Garcia previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the rape charges, but was found competent to stand trial.

Court Diagnostics in Toledo completed an evaluation and found Garcia was competent to stand trial.

Garcia was arrested and booked into the Putnam County Jail on June 20 on a rape charge for a May 28 alleged rape that occurred in Leipsic. His bond remains at $150,000.

According to an incident report filed with the Putnam County Sheriffs Office, on May 28, deputies said they interviewed a victim who was babysitting at a home.

At some point, Garcia allegedly pulled the victim by her hair where the incident reportedly occurred, according to the report.

She was asked if he had done this before, and she said no. A rape kit was conducted on the victim, and a search and arrest warrant was made on Garcia.

Alex Treece, attorney, left, and his client Joseph Garcia appeared in Putnam County Common Pleas Court Thursday where Garcia plead guilty on a charge of rape.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/02/web1_Garcia2.jpgAlex Treece, attorney, left, and his client Joseph Garcia appeared in Putnam County Common Pleas Court Thursday where Garcia plead guilty on a charge of rape.

By Jennifer Peryam

jperyam@limanews.com

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