Frank Deodulo Guerra IV is accused of locking his girlfriend in a dog crate for hours at a time over the course of five months and torturing her. The 22-year-old from Turlock, California, pleaded not guilty to charges that include kidnapping, domestic violence and torture.
From September 2015 until January 2016, Guerra kept the woman in a crate that had an inside height of 32 inches, The Modesto Bee reported. The victim also told investigators that she was forced to urinate into a dog bowl and that Guerra smeared dog feces on her.
“[Guerra] bit her on the back and she’ll have permanent scarring,” Deputy District Attorney Beth DeJong told Judge Ruben Villalobos. “He locked her in a dog crate. [Sometimes] he pushed her to the ground and kicked her until she’d go inside.”
The woman escaped on Jan. 4, but she didn’t report her experiences to the police until late February because she said Guerra still had a psychological hold on her.
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“He literally had it in my heart that I deserved everything,” the woman told police. “That I’m worthless, that I have nobody.”
According to the Turlock Journal, police say Guerra left the victim a voicemail implicating himself in the abuse. “I know what I [expletive] did to you,” DeJong recited from the message during a bail hearing. “Putting you in a cage, [expletive] biting you ... Not [expletive] trusting you ... ”
Guerra also allegedly blackmailed the victim and said he would post nude photos of her on social media and that he sent photo of himself holding a gun. Guerra said under oath he doesn’t own a gun.
Guerra was denied bail and he is not allowed to contact the victim from jail. He is also not allowed to get within 200 yards of her should he be allowed to post bail at a later date.