Palmetto man charged with sexual abuse


Manuel Garcia

PALMETTO -- A 73-year-old Palmetto man was arrested Thursday and charged with sexually abusing a child under the age of 18.

Manuel Garcia forced the child to perform oral sexual, according to a Palmetto Police Department report.

Garcia told police he was innocent of the charge and that he simply fell off a chair and, as he fell down, his shorts fell down, the report states.

Garcia was in the Manatee County jail Friday with no bail set, according to the sheriff's office website.

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