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Magna man charged in second sexual assault case

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Magna man accused in a violent sexual assault is facing additional charges after his DNA was linked to a 2016 case, according to prosecutors.

On March 27, Johnathan Garcia-Valencia, 26, was charged in 3rd District Court with 11 felonies including two counts of aggravated sexual assault, a first-degree felony; aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault, both third-degree felonies.

In that case, Garcia-Valencia forced a woman to perform sexual acts at knifepoint, according to charging documents.

After his DNA was entered into a national databases, prosecutors linked Garcia-Valencia to another assault in 2016.

Garcia-Valencia was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with rape and object rape, first-degree felonies; and three counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.

In that case, Garcia-Valencia sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl he met on a dating app, according to charging documents. He met the girl at her apartment, and then raped her in his car in the parking lot despite the girl’s pleas for him to stop, the charges state.

Garcia-Valencia was being held Monday in the Salt Lake County Jail on no bail.