Trial begins Tuesday for Irvine man accused of raping women he met on online dating site
An Irvine man accused of raping and sodomizing women he met on an online dating site will stand trial Tuesday in Santa Ana.
Joseph Raymond Garcia, 51, is charged with six felony counts of sodomy by force and two felony counts of forcible rape.
Garcia allegedly met two of his victims on MillionaireMatch.com, an online dating site that bills itself as “the first, largest and most effective site in the world to connect with, date and marry successful, beautiful people.”
According to the Orange County district attorney’s office, Garcia allegedly created a personal profile where he claimed to make more than $200,000 a year and described himself as “sophisticated, charming” and “strikingly handsome.”
He met a third alleged victim at United States Postal Service facility, where she worked.
All three of the women reported that Garcia took them to his Irvine home and forcibly sodomized them. Two of the victims also reported that he raped them.
The women reported the crimes at different times to the Irvine Police Department, which investigated the case.
If convicted, Garcia faces a maximum sentence of 120 years to life in prison.
-- Abby Sewell