A California man Frank Guerra, 22, is accused of torturing his ex-girlfriend, and locking her in a dog crate for hours at a time over a period of five months before she was able to escape.
The alleged abuse occurred between Aug. 1, 2015 and Jan. 4, 2016. The woman was eventually able to get away, though she didn’t contact police until February.
Guerra allegedly locked the woman, who is not being named, inside a 30-inch by 48-inch dog crate while he went to work each day, according to The Modesto Bee. She was reportedly forced to go to the bathroom in the cage and she has accused Guerra of smearing dog feces on her several times.
Deputy District Attorney Beth DeJong said in court, “[Guerra] bit her on the back and she’ll have permanent scarring. He locked her in a dog crate. [Sometimes] he pushed her to the ground and kicked her until she’d go inside.”
DeJong said Guerra texted photos of himself holding a gun after she had escaped and claimed he would post nude pictures of the woman on social media.
Frank pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges including kidnapping and battery, The Turlock Journal reported. He was denied bail and is barred from contacting the woman. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Friday.