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Former carnival worker found guilty of sexual assault in Great Falls

Posted at 3:55 PM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 17:55:24-04
Roberto Salaman-Garcia

GREAT FALLS – A former Thomas Carnival worker was found guilty of two felony and two misdemeanor counts of sexual assault Wednesday.

Roberto Salaman-Garcia was accused of sexually assaulting four females, including two who were under the age of 14, at the Montana State Fair in July of 2018.

Katie Cunningham, a detective with the Great Falls Police Department, took the stand Tuesday to describe what happened last summer.

She testified that Salaman-Garcia had groped her between the legs.

In August, Cunningham brought her story to the media and chose to identify herself. She discussed the incident publicly to encourage other sexual assault victims to do the same.

The other alleged victims also took the stand Tuesday following Cunningham’s testimony. The trial was initially expected to last four days.