BLACKFOOT — A man who repeatedly beat and raped a woman was arrested June 28.
Miguel Luis Cruz Lopez, 30, had come to the United States only recently with the victim, according to an incident report by the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office. The two found employment at a Bingham County dairy farm, where the abuse was a weekly occurrence, the report said.
The victim told investigators she and Lopez lived together in a trailer on the dairy farm. She came to the United States hoping to regain custody of her children in California.
The night of June 23, Lopez told her he wanted to have sex. The victim told Lopez she was tired, but he took off her clothes and told her she had to do what he wanted.
The victim said she told Lopez no both before and during the rape, and struggled to get away from him. She told Sheriff’s Office deputies that Lopez threw her to the ground, and continued to rape her. The victim said the sexual assault was excruciatingly painful, and that she screamed from the pain of being raped anally. She said Lopez covered her mouth to muffle her screams.
The two went to sleep. The next morning, June 24, Lopez demanded sex again during breakfast. The victim told him she still hurt too badly from the previous night. Lopez ignored what she said and raped the victim again. She told investigators she did not say no or complain out of fear.
“She explained that during the course of Sunday or any other day that if Miguel wanted sex that he would just simply start removing her clothes and she knew better than to resist or she would be beaten,” one of the deputies wrote in his report.
Court records state the victim began to fear she would be trapped in the trailer and be caught in an endless cycle of rape and violence. She fled the trailer June 25 while Lopez was showering. She contacted a co-worker, who took her to his home and contacted law enforcement.
A deputy interviewed the victim at the co-worker’s home. The deputy noticed several injuries on the victim, including bruises and scrapes on her arms, a bump on her forehead, and bruises on her back. She was taken to Bingham Memorial Hospital for treatment. One of the deputies wrote in his report that the victim underwent an examination June 25 to collect evidence of the rapes and was still suffering pain from the abuse.
Investigators conducted a search warrant at the trailer that same day, but did not find Lopez. The dairy farm’s owner told law enforcement the trailer had not been there very long, and a co-worker said Lopez had been there 10 minutes earlier. Investigators returned two days later, but were told Lopez had not been seen at the farm.
Lopez was arrested June 28. He admitted to raping and beating the victim. He was arraigned the next day, charged with domestic battery involving traumatic injury, punishable with up to 10 years in prison and rape, punishable with up to a life sentence.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. July 19 in Bingham County Courthouse.
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