HESPERIA • A Hesperia man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges he repeatedly raped and threatened a teen family member, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station officials said.
Ricardo Antonio Flores, 38, was arrested Thursday after the victim finally came forward in December, Susan Rose, spokeswoman for the Hesperia station, said Tuesday.
Flores, who was currently in the application process to become a legal resident of this country, was also placed on an immigration hold, said Jodi Miller, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department.
Flores allegedly raped the 16-year-old victim several times between April and August 2011, according to sheriff's officials. The victim and Flores lived at the same location and she also worked for him at his furniture store located on Seventh Avenue, Rose stated.
According to information gathered by Detective Todd Espindola, the victim said she was attacked both at home and at the business. She never came forward during that time because Flores reportedly threatened to kill her, officials said.
In August the victim was able to move out of the home she shared with Flores. She finally opened up to other family members about the alleged attacks and came forward to investigators, Rose said.
Flores was booked for rape, false imprisonment and was placed on the immigration hold.
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