Cops Won't Reopen 1972 Rape Case Against Garrido

Teen girl wouldn't testify against alleged Dugard kidnapper
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2009 7:00 PM CDT
Phillip Garrido listens as his court-appointed attorney, Susan Gellman, enters a not-guilty plea during his arraignment last week.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Police in Antioch, Calif., said today they won’t reopen a child-rape case against Phillip Garrido that was dropped in 1972 when the 14-year-old girl refused to testify, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The woman contacted authorities last week after seeing Garrido’s name in connection with the abduction and imprisonment of Jaycee Lee Dugard, but only to make them aware of his 1972 arrest.

In the 1972 case, Garrido, then 21, was arrested on charges of suspicion of rape, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and providing drugs to a minor after the girl told police she and a female friend met Garrido and a second man at a public library and accompanied them to a motel, where she was drugged and raped.