The man accused of kidnapping the woman, now 25, was charged Thursday with one felony count of forcible rape, three felony counts of lewd acts on a minor, and one felony count of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, according to a news release from the Orange County district attorney's office.
Garcia's arraignment was postponed Thursday until June 9, but his attorney, Charles Frisco, said the woman, now 25, was never held against her will.
"Practically everybody connected to the family ... finds these allegations unbelievable," Frisco said. "She had her own car, her own job. It's mind-boggling why she would wait this long. ... Why is she coming forward now?"
Some neighbors at Garcia's apartment complex in Bell Gardens also expressed disbelief Wednesday when they heard he had been arrested.
Ricardo Ledesma, 43, who has lived in the apartment building for six years, said the pair appeared to be a model family.
"He was a hard-working man, he worked two jobs," Ledesma said. "He would do anything for her and their daughter."
Santa Ana police on Thursday pushed back against public statements from neighbors who said the pair appeared to be a loving couple.
Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said those witnesses were not seeing the whole picture, especially in the years when she was a minor.
"People are giving the impression that she was an adult," he said. "She was a minor in a foreign country. That's a very important part of this."
During a brief interview with KABC-TV, the woman said she was too scared to seek help during the last 10 years.