Conneaut councilman indicted on sex-related charges

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CONNEAUT, Ohio - A  Conneaut council member has been indicted on sex-related charges, including corruption of a minor.

Phil Garcia, Ward 2 councilman, was indicted Tuesday on five felony counts of rape, fifteen felony counts of compelling prostitution, two felony counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, and four felony counts of corruption of a minor.

The Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office launched the investigation into Garcia, who also owns Phil's Catering in Ashtabula, after one of the alleged victims came forward in June.

The charges relate to five juveniles between the ages of 13 and 17 when the crimes allegedly occurred. Four of them were employees of  Garcia's catering business.

"We do have concerns that there could be additional victims who have not yet been identified, and we urge anyone with information pertinent to the investigation to come forward," said Attorney General DeWine in a press release.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted with the case.


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