| LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES May 23 Charges against a California
man accused of abducting and raping a 15-year-old girl stem from
brutal crimes committed a decade ago when she was first
snatched, prosecutors said on Friday in response to remarks by
neighbors that the woman showed no signs of distress.
Isidro Garcia, 41, was charged with kidnapping, rape and
lewd acts upon a child and a judge on Thursday ordered him held
on bail of $1 million, in connection with crimes Orange County
prosecutors say he committed against the woman when she was a
Now 25, the woman told detectives she endured a decade of
physical and sexual abuse by Isidro, was forced into marriage in
2007 and later bore his child. She contacted authorities this
week after reaching out to her sister on Facebook, police said.
"We're talking about the kidnapping of a 15-year-old child
who was taken from her mother, taken from her home, taken from
her neighborhood and for the past 10 years she has been the
victim of ongoing emotional, physical and sexual abuse," said
Orange County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Farrah
Emami. "You can imagine what that would do to a person."
Since Garcia's arrest, neighbors who lived near the couple
in the Southern California community of Bell Gardens told local
media they were shocked by the allegations and said the woman
never appeared to be in distress. She has not been publicly
"I can't speak to any statements that are being made about
her disposition as a 25-year-old woman, but that's not what our
case is about. Our case is about crimes against a 15-year-old
girl," Emami said.
Garcia, who was a live-in boyfriend of the girl's mother
when she went missing, is accused of abducting the then
15-year-old from suburban Santa Ana in 2004, where she they had
lived at the time, prosecutors said.
Garcia's lawyer told reporters on Thursday that the teen
went with him willingly and was treated "like a queen,"
suggesting her accusations were prompted by marital problems.
"If you listen to all what the neighbors say, if you listen
to what everybody who knew them says, she was free to go,"
Garcia's attorney, Charles Frisco Jr, said in a telephone
The woman's reported escape comes a year after three women
famously emerged from a home in suburban Cleveland where they
were held for years and abused by their captor, Ariel Castro.
Michelle Knight, who survived a decade in Castro's
captivity, rallied to defend the woman at the center of the
Orange County case, telling CNN she should not be doubted.
The woman herself spoke to Los Angeles television station
KABC on Wednesday, and mentioned that neighbors thought Garcia
was good to her.
"He worked hard for me and my daughter and he bought
everything I want," she told KABC. "But I need love of my
family, not things."
(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and G Crosse)