Four Queens Casino Security Guard Facing New Sexual Assault Charges
A Four Queens Casino security guard who was arrested last year on sexual assault charges is facing new charges after two more women have come forward with similar allegations. 40-year-old Jose Dejesus Garcia has been charged with three counts of sexual assault.
Garcia was first arrested in August of 2018 after a woman told police that he had sexually assaulted her while on duty as an armed security guard at the casino on Fremont Street in Las Vegas. She said that he had threatened to turn her over to the police for suspected prostitution.
Following his first arrest, Garcia was initially charged with two counts of sexual assault, one count of attempted sexual assault, and two counts of open or gross lewdness. However, those charges were dropped in February of 2019.
Five days after the Las Vegas Metro Police announced his arrest, two more women contacted authorities to report being sexually assaulted by Garcia in July of 2018. These women told a similar story, saying that Garcia had threatened to turn them in to police for prostitution.
The second and third women told authorities that they met two men at a Four Queens Casino bar and went to their hotel room. When they came back downstairs, Garcia was reportedly waiting for them at the elevator and told them that “he knew what they were doing, working as prostitutes in the casino.” According to the police report, “Jose told them he would not call the police but in exchange they had to do something for him.”
Garcia then allegedly led the women to a stairwell and forced at least one of them to perform oral sex on him. The other woman used her cellphone to secretly record the assault, which was later collected by detectives as evidence.
A report for the second case was completed and signed in September of 2018. However, the arrest warrant was only granted in October of this year. Garcia was arrested on October 12 and remains held on $20,000 bail at the Clark County Detention Center.
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Legal Recourse For Victims of Sexual Assault by Security Guards
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is proud to stand by victims of sexual assaults in their fights for justice. After spending several years as a sex crimes prosecutor, Brian now represents victims in civil lawsuits against sexual predators and negligent third parties. Here are some thought from Brian on the legal rights of those who have been sexually assaulted by security guards and other casino staff members:
Casino security guards are given the important responsibility of protecting casino guests, so it’s crucial that these guards are trustworthy people. But sadly, sexual predators often seek out employment in these types of positions of authority, where they’ll have the opportunity to exploit that authority.
When a security guard is charged with sexually assaulting someone while on duty, the guard must be investigated and prosecuted. Additionally, the business where the assault occurred should be investigated for possible negligence. For example, the casino could be considered negligent if they failed to run a background check and hired a security guard with a history of violent or sexual crimes.
In cases involving negligence, victims of security guard sexual assaults may have grounds for a lawsuit against the casino or business where they were assaulted.
You can learn more about your legal options as a victim of security guard sexual assault by contacting our sexual assault victims lawyers for a free consultation.
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