Bonita Springs man charged with sexually assaulting girl over 5 years

Carlos Garcia Soto


Carlos Garcia Soto

A Bonita Springs man faces sexual assault charges after accusations from an underage girl that he repeatedly molested and raped her during a five-year span.

Carlos Garcia Soto, 25, of the 10000 block of Maddox Lane, was arrested by Lee County sheriff's deputies Tuesday after a three-week search for him.

In March, a now-14-year-old girl told investigators that Soto started molesting her at age 10 in her Bonita Springs home. The girl told investigators Soto started raping her a year later. An arrest warrant doesn't indicate how many times the crimes occurred, only noting they happened "on more than one occasion."

The girl, who previously feared disclosing the abuse, told her mother and investigators of the encounters in mid-March. The girl's mother confronted Soto, who denied the allegations and fled, the warrant said.

Soto was located Tuesday at a Maddox Lane home. When deputies and a U.S. Marshal task force approached the home, nobody answered the door. The team then forcefully entered the home and found Soto hiding in an attic, wrapped in insulation between two rafters, an arrest report said.

Soto refused to speak with investigators after his arrest, the report said. He remains in jail with no bond set.

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