The woman, whose identity is being protected, told officers that Guerra kept her inside the cage for hours on end in his home while he went to work and was forced to relieve herself into a dog bowl while inside the cage, and that on at least one occasion he took her elsewhere in the county while still being held hostage.
Even after the woman managed to escape captivity on January 4, she did not report Guerra to police until a month later after he began threatening her again.
Guerra was arrested and charged with kidnap and also accused of both psychologically and physically abusing the woman, biting her so hard on the back that she will have permanent scarring, The Modesto Bee reports.
At Guerra's court appearance Monday, during which he pleaded not guilty, Deputy District Attorney Beth DeJong said: 'He locked her in a dog crate. He pushed her to the ground and kicked her until she’d go inside.
After the hearing Monday, Guerra was denied bail and given a protective order to keep him from contacting the victim, or from getting within 100 yards of her.