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In this Tuesday, May 20, 2014, photo released by the Santa Ana Police Department, shows suspect Isidro Garcia, age 41 of Bell Gardens, Calif. who was arrested in Santa Ana, Calif. Garcia allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in Santa Ana in 2004 then repeatedly physically and sexually assaulted her over the course of 10 years. He was booked for kidnap for rape, and lewd acts with a minor and false Imprisonment. (AP Photo/Santa Ana Police Department)

In this Tuesday, May 20, 2014, photo released by the Santa Ana Police Department, shows suspect Isidro Garcia, age 41 of Bell Gardens, Calif. who was arrested in Santa Ana, Calif. Garcia allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in Santa Ana in 2004 then repeatedly physically and sexually assaulted her over the course of 10 years. He was booked for kidnap for rape, and lewd acts with a minor and false Imprisonment. (AP Photo/Santa Ana Police Department)

Frank Tamayo, a manager at an apartment building where suspect Isidro Garcia lived, leans on the fence as he talks with a man from the neighborhood on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Bell Gardens, Calif. A woman who disappeared a decade ago as a 15-year-old reunited recently with her mother, who convinced her to go to authorities to report that she had been kidnapped and raped by Garcia who is now her husband and father of her daughter. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Rita Salazar, who lives across the street from an apartment building where suspect Isidro Garcia lived, stands in her garden on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Bell Gardens, Calif. A woman who disappeared a decade ago as a 15-year-old reunited recently with her mother, who convinced her to go to authorities to report that she had been kidnapped and raped by Garcia who is now her husband and father of her daughter. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A group of women from the neighborhood chat near an apartment building where suspect Isidro Garcia lived on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Bell Gardens, Calif. A woman who disappeared a decade ago as a 15-year-old reunited recently with her mother, who convinced her to go to authorities to report that she had been kidnapped and raped by Garcia who is now her husband and father of her daughter. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Neighbor Maria Sanchez holds a Jan. 29, 2012 photo of her neighbor Isidro Garcia at his daughter’s third birthday at Bell Gardens church, while talking to the media on Wednesday, May, 21, 2014 in Bell Gardens, Calif. Garcia allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in Santa Ana in 2004 then repeatedly physically and sexually assaulted her over the course of 10 years. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California woman who says she was kidnapped a decade ago by her mother’s boyfriend lived a seemingly ordinary life with her alleged captor year after year, but she was too scared to go to authorities until she recently reunited with her mother, police said Thursday.

The woman, who disappeared when she was 15, eventually married the man and started a family with him. Neighbors said she worked for a nearby janitorial service, took Zumba classes and went on trips to the beach and Disneyland.

Orange County prosecutors on Thursday filed five felony charges against the alleged abductor, Isidro Garcia, including rape and kidnapping to commit a sexual offense. He did not enter a plea, and his arraignment was continued until June 9. He was jailed on $1 million bail.

Garcia’s attorney said the woman’s claims of physical and sexual abuse are lies made up because the couple is separating. Neighbors in a working-class city south of Los Angeles described an outwardly happy family, while authorities and psychologists cautioned that both could be true — Garcia could have been a doting husband who controlled his wife without physically restraining her through years of abuse.

The case began to emerge Monday, when the woman went two blocks from her apartment complex to the police department in working-class Bell Gardens and accused Garcia of domestic violence. During that conversation, officers learned of her connection to a 2004 missing-persons case in Santa Ana, about 20 miles away.

Santa Ana police interviewed both Garcia, 41, and the woman and concluded that the husband had been sexually abusing her a decade ago and kidnapped her after a fight with her mother, who was his girlfriend at the time.

After holding her captive, Garcia moved at least four times and gave her multiple fake identities to hide her from family and authorities, Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

The woman, whom police did not identify, told investigators she often thought about escaping but fear paralyzed her. She came to the United States illegally in 2004 and said Garcia used that to isolate her, telling her that her mother had given up searching and that if she contacted authorities, she would be deported.

Police said Garcia forced the woman to marry in 2007 and fathered a daughter with her who is now 3.

In April, the woman got in touch with her mother after finding her sister on Facebook to wish her a happy birthday, according to Bertagna.

The mother showed the daughter old news articles to prove that she had gone to the police and filed a missing-persons report, Bertagna said.

“The mother was able to show her that she was, in fact, looking for her,” Bertagna said.

The criminal charges all date to a three-month period in 2004 around the time she went missing, which was Aug. 3, 2004, according to the criminal complaint.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles County said Thursday they declined to file domestic violence charges against Garcia in last week’s Bell Gardens case because there isn’t sufficient evidence, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office. That incident occurred Saturday and the alleged victim went to police two days later.

Neighbor Ernesto Rios said he

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