Woman says man beat her when she tried to break free

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Posted: Feb 18, 2016 8:40 PM

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a man charged with raping and abducting a teenager he later married and impregnated (all times local):

5:19 p.m.

A woman says a man who repeatedly had sex with her and abducted her when she was a teen beat her when she tried to leave him. So she stopped trying.

The woman testified Thursday in the trial of her mother's ex-boyfriend Isidro Garcia on charges of rape and kidnapping dating back to 2004.

She says she tried to flee Garcia twice while they were working janitorial jobs, and both times he beat her.

She says he hit her when she refused to have sex with him and over time she accepted her situation, married him and underwent fertility treatments to bear his child.

The woman says she decided to leave Garcia after reconnecting with her mother in 2014 and learning she had searched for her.

Garcia has pleaded not guilty and says the teen went with him willingly.

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3:44 p.m.

A woman testifying in the rape and kidnapping trial of her husband says he began having sex with her when she was a teenager and gave her a new name when they fled her mother's Orange County home.

The woman took the stand Thursday in the trial of Isidro Garcia. He was dating and living with her mother in 2004 when the couple fought.

The woman, who was 15 at the time, says she left the family's Santa Ana, California, apartment and Garcia told her she couldn't go back because police were there and might arrest her.

She says Garcia gave her documents with a new name and a birthdate that was six years older than her real age.

Authorities say she stayed with Garcia out of fear, eventually married him and bore his child before going to police in 2014.

Garcia has pleaded not guilty and contends the girl went with him willingly.