COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Ft. Carson soldier accused of sexually assaulting children and downloading and sharing child pornography confessed to the crimes, according to arrest records.
Colorado Springs Police say there are at least four victims and could be more.
Specialist Joe Alfred Garcia, 30, was arrested on charges of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust/pattern of abuse on October 2, 2013. Garcia was living on Welch Circle, near Airport and Murray in Colorado Springs.
CSPD says the investigation into Garcia began with a call from Homeland Security Investigations in Boston about a case involving possession of child pornography. Investigators said they found explicit photos of five young girls linked to Garcia. Police said a white sedan was visible in one photo and they were able to track the vehicle's owner and the location where the picture was taken-- inside Schoefield Barracks, an Army base in Hawaii.
After police contacted Garcia, they say he admitted to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl on multiple occasions and taking video and photos of the assaults. Police said Garcia also admitted to assaulting a girl in Hawaii.
"We rarely saw him. He barely came out," said a neighbor of Garcia's who didn't want to be identified.
She and other neighbors said they never expected an arrest like this to happen where they live.
"It's peaceful," she said. "There's rarely any bad things going on here. It's just a nice neighborhood. You would never imagine those types of people here."
Garcia was with the Warrior Transition Battalion at Ft. Carson. He was originally from Pasadena, CA and had been with the military for more than five years.
A joint investigation was launched involving the Army Criminal Investigation Command, Homeland Security Investigations, law enforcement in Hawaii, and the Colorado Springs Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children unit.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000 or Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867.)