Local man arrested on sexual assault warrants

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By Tom Wilmoth

    In January 2017, BCSO and Bedford Co. Child Protective Services received a complaint of a possible sexual assault on a juvenile.
    The investigation revealed the sexual assaults occurred in the summer of 2012. During the investigation the suspect, John Robert Garner, 37, moved to Maryland.
    In March 2017, a Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigator obtained two sexual assault arrest warrants on John Robert Garner.
    Garner was later arrested in Maryland on the two Bedford County arrest warrants.
    On November 16, 2018, Garner was brought back to Bedford County and is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford without bond on the two charges of sexual assault.