New Charges Filed Against Former Commodore

Three new charges were filed this month, including a charge that carries a maximum term of life in prison

By Steven Luke and Sarah Grieco
|  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013  |  Updated 6:57 AM PDT
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Former Commodore of the Coronado Yacht Club, Thomas Garrett, is accused of molesting his 10-year-old neighbor. His attorney reacts to new charges levied against his client. NBC 7 s Catherine Garcia reports.

Former Commodore of the Coronado Yacht Club, Thomas Garrett, is accused of molesting his 10-year-old neighbor. His attorney reacts to new charges levied against his client. NBC 7 s Catherine Garcia reports.

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New charges were filed against the former commodore of the Coronado Yacht club who is accused of molesting his 10-year-old neighbor.

Thomas Garrett, 71, was arrested last year and charged with forcible lewd act on a juvenile victim and one charge for a lewd act on a child. The child he is accused of molesting lives next door to him in Chula Vista.

Three new charges were filed this month, including a charge that carries a maximum term of life in prison.

The District Attorney confirmed to NBC 7 San Diego that all six charges involve the same alleged victim.

The alleged child victim came forward to her mother last year with the accusations.

Garrett, who is also a former firefighter, has denied all allegations and his attorney says there is no physical evidence. He is currently out on bail.

The mother of the alleged victim has tried to obtain a restraining order against him, but wasn't approved because a criminal protective order is already in place stating Garrett can't come within 100 yards of the alleged victim.

The trial for Garrett will begin Aug. 5.

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