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November 24, 2014

News:

San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

Monday, November 10, 2014

San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

Green Technology, Sustainability Capture Spotlight at 5th Annual PortTechEXPO -

Sunday, September 21, 2014

2014 Prep Girls Volleyball Preview: It’s a Season of Change -

Friday, September 19, 2014

Proposed Gas Station on Gaffey Street May Arrive Next Spring -

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mary Star High School Football 2014 Preview -

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Residents Collide with LADOT over Pacific Avenue Lane Reduction Plan -

Friday, August 29, 2014

San Pedro High School Football 2014 Preview -

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Car Show by the Sea Returns to Point Fermin on Sunday -

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

After 6-Year Hiatus, Tall Ships Festival Returns to Port of L.A. -

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Community Rallies Around Official Opening of Peck Park Skate Park -

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Gang-Related Crime in San Pedro Down, Graffiti Persists Around Town -

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Homeless Man Found Dead in Peck Park -

Friday, August 8, 2014

Navy Days L.A. Event Sails into Port of Los Angeles Aug. 5-11 -

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

CRAFTED Preps for Inaugural Quilt Show This Weekend -

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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.

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.

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One Response to “Update: Man Charged with Animal Cruelty After Allegedly Raping Dog on Video”
  1. Valerie Smith-Griffin says:

    Thank you for the update on this disgusting yet important for our community to be aware story. So often we read of horrific stories – be they animal or human – and never get follow-up – the same is true for the “Causes” petition site.

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