Christian Garcia, the athlete who stopped an alleged sexual assault instead of walking away


This photo released by the Gainesville, Florida, Police Department shows Christopher Shaw. Photo / AP

When spotted two people having sex behind a dumpster
outside the Gainesville, Florida, bar where he was working security
last Friday, he at first passed it off as drunken antics.
then the University of Florida linebacker realised the woman – who was
being pressed against the dumpster – was unconscious, according to CBS
“I mean, at that point, I’m like, this isn’t right,”
Garcia told CBS affiliate WFOR-TV. “This girl is probably drunk, there’s
no possible way she could’ve given consent.”
“I grabbed the guy
by the shoulder and said, ‘Get off of her, this isn’t right,’ and the
guy yelled at me like, ‘Mind your own business,’ ” Garcia said. “He
pulled away from the girl, and then he got aggressive with me. He tried
to throw a few punches; his friends were holding him back.”
Garcia told the Gainesville Sun that the man was intoxicated and that after swinging at Garcia, he slipped and “busted his face on the wall”.

Police have identified the man as Christopher Shaw, 34,
according to NBC affiliate WTLV. Authorities have charged him with
sexual battery and hold him in custody.
The victim, according to a police reported cited by the Sun, had difficulty speaking, was unable to walk and struggled to keep her eyes open.
The report states that the alleged assault, which took place behind a bar called 101 Cantina, was captured on video.
viewing the videos, it is clear the victim was mentally and physically
unable to give consent due to her level of intoxication,” the police
report states, according to the Sun. “The victim was slumping
over and unable to hold up her head. The (defendant) can be seen pushing
the victim back up. . . . When pushed back up the victim’s eyes were
closed, and her head fell back against the dumpster.”
The Sun reported that investigators said they “have reason to believe” Shaw may have sexually assaulted other women.
told police the woman initiated the contact by pulling him behind the
dumpster while he was walking through the alley, the paper reported.
Beyond kissing, he denied having sexual contact with the woman – an
assertion that is “completely contradicted” by video evidence, according
to police.
Citing a police report, the Sun said the
victim told police she did not consent to sex and even tried to rebuff
Shaw “but was physically helpless because she was going in and out of
consciousness due to her level of intoxication”.
Garcia told WTLV that Shaw’s friends were present at the time of the attack.
were there on the other side of the dumpster,” he told WFOR-TV. “Maybe
they didn’t see it, I can’t say 100 percent, but they were there.”
cousin, Zach Schabbel, told the station he wasn’t surprised his
relative had done the right thing in a moment of crisis.
“He’s a
stand-up guy,” he said. “You know, always been that way since we were
babies. Like, if we’d ever get into some type of trouble, he’d always be
the first one to step out and speak. He’s always been vocal. I’m not
honestly surprised.”
Garcia is a walk-on player on the University
of Florida football team, according to ESPN. He appeared in the team’s
41-7 loss to Michigan in last year’s Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl,
ESPN reported.
The athlete told WFOR-TV he had some advice for young people who are out drinking.
important that you don’t leave without any friends,” he said. “I mean,
this girl, her friends had completely left her at the bar alone when she
was blackout drunk.”

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