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Couple charged with rape, kidnapping in 18-year abduction

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — The rape of Jaycee Dugard by convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido began within a month of her abduction at age 11, extended through her childhood and involved Garrido’s wife, Nancy Garrido, according to charges filed Friday by El Dorado County, Calif., prosecutors.

Whether Nancy Garrido physically participated in the sexual assaults was unclear. Combined, the Garridos face 29 felony counts that could bring each of them multiple life sentences if convicted.

Near Antioch, Calif., sheriff’s deputies again sealed off the home where Jaycee and two daughters fathered by Garrido lived in a secret backyard compound, in preparation for another search by Pittsburg, Calif., police.

Sheriff’s Capt. Dan Terry said investigators would look for evidence related to 10 prostitute killings that occurred in the late 1990s. Several women’s bodies were found dumped near a Pittsburg industrial park where Garrido then worked.

Garrido and his wife appeared together Friday afternoon in a media-packed Placerville courtroom for their arraignment, sitting in the jury box, their arms shackled in front of their waists. Nancy Garrido, 54, heaved, furrowed her brow and hung her dark hair over her face, shielding it from a wall of cameras. Phillip Garrido, 58, seated behind, glanced at his wife, expressionless.

Neither spoke as their newly appointed attorneys entered not guilty pleas to all of the charges and denied a long roster of enhancements. At the prosecutor’s request, El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister disallowed bail for both. Earlier, bail had been set at $1 million each.

The charges, which refer to Dugard only as “Jane Doe,” include six felony counts each of forcible rape, seven counts each of “forcible lewd act on a child,” and for both Garridos, counts of kidnapping of a child under 14, kidnapping for sexual purposes and false imprisonment by violence.

After the hearing, Chief Assistant District Attorney William Clark refused to specify Nancy Garrido’s role or detail the evidence prosecutors have.

“She’s legally charged with rape based on the theory she participated in it,” he said. “We don’t have to prove she physically did a rape. All we have to prove is she aided and abetted with knowledge of the crime.”

Several special allegations would add to their sentences if convicted. Among them is a second strike for Garrido, from the 1977 rape and abduction of a casino employee in Nevada.

The felony counts are divided into time periods based on evidence prosecutors have gathered over a 48-hour period, said Clark. Additional counts are likely to follow, he said.

The time periods include the month after Dugard’s abduction on June 10, the two periods in which she became pregnant by Phillip Garrido, the first as a young teen, and a few others between the abduction and 1997. The prosecution did not pinpoint when the first rape occurred — only that it took place between June 10 and July 10, 1991.

Nancy Garrido’s lawyer, Gilbert Maines, said he was appointed by the court and met her just prior to the hearing. She wore glasses, and Maines said she appeared to be in tears.

“She said, ‘Thank you for being here,’ “ he said.

Jaycee Dugard was snatched up from a street in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., on June 10, 1991, by a man and woman in a car as her stepfather gave chase.

On Tuesday, a University of California-Berkeley police officer spotted Garrido and the two young daughters he fathered with Dugard trying to enter the campus. The young girls wouldn’t make eye contact, arousing suspicion, and a background check turned up Garrido’s status as a parolee.

His parole agent was notified, and called Garrido and the girls to a Concord parole office for questioning Wednesday. Garrido brought the girls, his wife and a then-unidentified woman revealed to be the 29-year-old Dugard. Under police questioning, it was discovered that the mysterious woman was the girl who went missing 18 years ago and had since been living in a hidden backyard compound in Antioch that went undetected by authorities until this week.

Dugard has since been reunited with her mother at an undisclosed location in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In a telephone interview Thursday with a Sacramento, Calif., TV station, Garrido claimed he filed documents with the FBI in San Francisco earlier this week that would shed light on a “heart-warming” story.

FBI spokesman Joseph Shadler confirmed that his office received Garrido’s documents on Monday. He said they were similar to material found on Garrido’s personal blog, which reveal a fascination with mind control and the ability to hear the voices inside people’s heads.

Shadler said nothing in the documents offered any clues to the kidnapping and subsequent captivity.