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Thursday, September 28, 2023

U.S. Marine charged with molestation of minor

A man in the United States military visiting Gainesville on leave was arrested after being accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl early Saturday morning.

When driving home, neighbors told Gainesville Police Department Sgt. Dan Stout that there were several minors in the house at 8401 N.W. 13th St.

Stout arrived at 3 a.m. at the house where U.S. Marine Felipe Garibay, 27, was found inside with five neighborhood girls under 17 years old, said GPD spokeswoman Officer Summer Hallett.

Although all five of the girls told him they didn't want to drink, Garibay mixed each of them vodka and cranberry juice and persuaded them to drink it, a GPD arrest report stated.

According to the report, one of the 12-year-old girls sat on Garibay's lap.

The four other girls witnessed him grabbing and touching her inappropriately under her clothing, the report stated.

When police arrived, she appeared disoriented and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The remaining four underage girls were treated by Emergency Medical Services, the report stated.

GPD usually sees underage drinking cases with minors between the ages of 18 and 19, Hallett said.

"You don't see a 27-year-old try to get girls between the ages of 11 and 16 liquored up," Hallett said. "I don't think the military will be too happy about this."

Garibay was charged with lewd or lascivious molestation of a person under 16 years of age, four counts of contributing to delinquency of a child and five counts of child abuse.

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