Man Arrested for Allegedly Kidnapping, Sexually Assaulting Teen for 10 Years

The victim came forward to police after finding her sister on Facebook.

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    Santa Ana Police Department
    Isidro Garcia, 42, was arrested Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in connection with a 15-year-old girl's decade-long disappearance after she came forward to police, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

    A woman who says she was kidnapped by her mother's live-in boyfriend from her family's Santa Ana home as a teen and held captive for 10 years has been found alive, police said Wednesday.

    The victim came forward after contacting her sister on Facebook, Santa Ana police said.

    The victim told police she had been drugged and kidnapped by Isidro Garcia in 2004. Garcia then allegedly held her hostage and sexually assaulted her for a decade, police said.

    The victim said Garcia forced her to marry him in 2007, and the two had a child in 2012, police said.

    "Even with the opportunity to escape, after years of physical and mental abuse, the victim saw no way out of her situation," according to a news release by the Santa Ana Police Department.

    After finding her sister on Facebook, the victim "gained the courage to contact the police," the release said.

    Garcia, 42, was booked on Tuesday on charges of kidnap for rape, lewd acts with a minor and false imprisonment, Santa Ana police said.

    The victim, now 25 years old, was 15 when her mother reported her missing.

    Garcia, who police described as the mother's "cohabitant boyfriend" at the time of the kidnapping, allegedly began sexually assaulting the victim in the family home in June 2004, police said.

    Two months later, in August, Garcia allegedly kidnapped the victim.

    On the day of the kidnapping, Garcia allegedly assaulted the victim's mother and then drugged the victim and drove her to a house in Compton, where he locked her in a garage overnight, police said.

    To evade police detection, he obtained false identification for the victim and subsequently moved several times, police said.

    Garcia allegedly repeatedly threatened the victim, telling her that her family had given up searching for her and would be deported if she tried to return to them, police said.