Juan Camarena allegedly tortured woman in exchange for meth
CONTENT WARNING: This article contains information that some readers might find disturbing. Specific details have been omitted to protect the victim's identity.
A person of interest in this month’s triple homicide in the Valley is now facing several felony charges including sexual assault and sex trafficking.
The charges were filed against Juan Camarena, 51, in state court on Friday.
Wednesday, Camarena appeared in federal court for an arraignment in a separate case in which he’s charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition. The judge ordered he be detained.
Troopers started looking for Camarena Nov. 11; he turned himself in Nov. 14.
An online dispatch states the murder investigation led troopers to "evidence that supported the charges" that were announced Friday.
In that case, Camarena is indicted on five felony charges, including two counts of first-degree sexual assault, penetration without consent, one count of sex trafficking by use of force and two counts of assault.
An affidavit filed by AST details Camarena’s alleged abuse and torture of a woman he was in a “sexual relationship” with for roughly six months. The woman is only identified by a series of letters and numbers for her safety.
The document describes an instance in which three of Camarena’s friends came to the RV where he was living and paid Camarena in meth to watch him tie the woman down, sexually assault, strangle and torture her — an ordeal Camarena documented by recording video.
According to the affidavit, the victim told troopers she was “scared to death” of Camarena. She told investigators Camarena wore a knife on his side and used it to cut her face and shoulder for “mouthing off.”
When she did try to leave him, according to the document, Camarena met her at the gate at the front of the property, hit her in the head with a rock and drug her back to the RV by her hair.
Camarena has close ties to California, where he has been convicted of 12 felonies and has told those close to him he wants to return, according to the affidavit.
Camarena is being held at Cook Inlet Pre-Trial. Online court records show he's scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
Troopers say their investigation is ongoing.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, resources are available on the Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) website or by calling the statewide crisis hotline at (800) 478-8999.
Editor's note: Some of the details from the affidavit have been removed at the request of the Palmer district attorney.
Heather Hintze contributed information to this report.
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