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Carnival worker pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges in Great Falls

Posted at 3:19 PM, Aug 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 17:19:33-04

GREAT FALLS- Roberto Salaman Garcia, the Thomas Carnival worker accused of sexually assaulting four females at the Montana State Fair a few weeks ago, pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday afternoon.

He is accused of two felony and two misdemeanor counts of sexual assault.

Court documents filed on Aug. 10 state that Garcia sexually assaulted the four females between July 30 and August 1.

Two of the females were under the age of 14. One was an off-duty Great Falls police, Katie Cunningham, who said she chose to identify herself and discuss the incident publicly to encourage other sexual-assault victims to do the same.

In all four cases, the females allege that Garcia deliberately touched them on or near their vagina as he was checking their seat belts on the speedway ride.

His trial has been set for Oct. 22.

Story by Margaret DeMarco, MTN News.