Update: Man Charged with Animal Cruelty After Allegedly Raping Dog on Video
Photo: Screenshot of the surveillance video from Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, showing the suspect, Christopher Caceres, allegedly performing lewd acts on a dog.
The 22-year-old San Pedro man who allegedly raped and sexually assaulted a Northwest San Pedro family’s 80-pound Akita, all of which was caught on surveillance video, was charged with animal cruelty and sexual assault Monday.
Christopher Alexander Caceres, 22, pleaded not guilty in a Long Beach courtroom on Monday morning to two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge brought forth by the District Attorney’s Office.
Paul Guthrie, the Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, who prosecutes animal cruelty cases in Long Beach, said he has never seen a case like this.
“This type of case is rather uncommon,” Guthrie said in a phone interview Tuesday. “The surveillance video is extremely graphic, and unlike anything I have ever seen in my seven years.”
Guthrie detailed the charges in the complaint against Caceres, and said he is being charged with the worst of offenses against an animal — felony animal cruelty.
The complaint states that the suspect, Caceres, 6-foot-2 and 160 pounds, “unlawfully tortures, torments, and subjects the dog to bestiality.”
Caceres was also charged with a misdemeanor count of sexual assault on an animal. The complaint states that Caceres “unlawfully and willfully had intercourse with a dog.”
Caceres also faces a charge of felony first degree burglary, the most serious of the charges. The complaint states that Caceres “entered an inhibited dwelling house and trailer coach” that was occupied by its owner with “intent to commit larceny and any felony.”
If convicted, Caceres could face up to nine years behind bars, six in prison on the burglary charge alone.
A Los Angeles Superior Court records search showed Caceres had no previous convictions.
Caceres is being held on $100,000 bail in county jail. Despite rumors of sightings in the neighborhood, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, that Caceres had not made bail.
According to victims and neighbors, Caceres moved into his grandmother’s house, located on the 1600 block of W. O’ Farrell Street, with his parents. In the time since Caceres moved into the neighborhood more than a month ago, several homes have been burglarized, and at least one dog in the neighborhood has been sexually assaulted on more than one occasion.
Senior Lead Officer Art Ashcraft could not be reached for comment regarding the recent, alleged, string of burglaries in the neighborhood.
“He was quiet, kept to himself, but something seemed off about that boy.”
On Tuesday, neighbors described Caceres as “quiet” and “odd.”
One neighbor, who didn’t want to be named, said she saw Caceres walking his grandmother’s three dogs several times a day over the past month.
“He always had his hood up,” she said. “He was quiet, kept to himself, but something seemed off about that boy. The things he did to that dog, it’s disgusting and terribly disturbing — it makes me wonder if he hurt any other dogs in this neighborhood, and there are a lot of dogs in this area.”
Caceres was arrested Thursday by Detective Carrie Katsumata with the Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty Task Force. She could not be reached for comment.
The San Pedro Beacon, who was first to break the story Friday afternoon, received exclusive surveillance video from the dog’s owner, of the alleged suspect, Caceres, climbing over a backyard wall into a property on the 1900 block of Summerland Avenue at approximately 2:22 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10.
The suspect was in the backyard until 4:40 a.m., during which time the video shows the suspect committing multiple lewd acts on the property owner’s beloved dog.
Caceres is due to return to court for a pre-preliminary hearing on Nov. 25. He then will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 4 at 8:30 a.m.
Photo: Screenshot of the surveillance video from Sunday, Nov. 10, showing the suspect, Christopher Caceres, allegedly performing lewd acts on a dog.