Crime

Former Cayucos firefighter threatened to kill teen “sex slave,” teen testifies

Oscar Higueros Jr. on Jan. 20 in San Luis Obispo Superior Court during his trial in a human-trafficking case. Higueros has pleaded not guilty to 35 charges including multiple counts of forcible rape.
Oscar Higueros Jr. on Jan. 20 in San Luis Obispo Superior Court during his trial in a human-trafficking case. Higueros has pleaded not guilty to 35 charges including multiple counts of forcible rape. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A former firefighter used his father’s unsolved murder to intimidate a Los Osos teenager he planned to turn into his personal sex slave, the teen testified Wednesday.

“He told me that he had murdered his father,” testified the teen, adding that the statement frightened her. “I knew that his father had been murdered, and nobody found out who had done it.”

The defendant, Oscar Higueros Jr., has pleaded not guilty to 35 charges including multiple counts of forcible rape. According to the District Attorney’s Office, Higueros, a former volunteer fire captain in Cayucos, met the 17-year-old girl through a Craigslist ad posted by Richard Scott Brooks, 40, of San Francisco in July 2014. In a different trial, Brooks was convicted of pimping out the teen and sentenced to 61 years and eight months to life in prison.

The teen had driven Brooks to her home in Los Osos while her mother and younger sister were out of town, according to testimony from the Brooks trial. While Brooks repeatedly had sex with the teen, he also recruited other men to have sex with her for money. Higueros allegedly paid $150 for sex with the girl.

When her mother came home the next day, the teen testified, an argument ensued over the home being messy. When her mother punched her in the mouth, the teen said, she called Higueros and asked to stay with him.

Slave will willingly accept any punishment from the master.

Contract allegedly written by Oscar Higueros Jr.

Initially, she felt protected by him, she testified Wednesday, and was impressed that he was a firefighter. But eventually, he became demanding, wanting her to become a slave.

At one point, he drew up a “master-slave” contract, she testified. Investigators allegedly found a copy of that contract on the defendant’s computer. In court, the teen, referred to as “Jane Doe,” read some of the provisions.

The master, according to the contract, could use the slave indefinitely “or until the slave’s services are no longer needed,” she read. “Slave also understands that slavery is inescapable.”

The slave was to do chores around the house, according to the contract, presented on a screen for jurors, and to “serve master sexually in any way he requires.”

“Slave will willingly accept any punishment from the master,” the teen read, including bondage, corporal punishment and removal of privileges.

The slave could not veto the master, according to the contract, and there were no safe words she could use to stop his actions, she read. The master could terminate the contract at any time, she read, but the slave could never terminate it.

The teen said she refused to sign it. But, she said, Higueros began treating her like a slave, compelling her to sell marijuana and make sex videos with him, which he planned to post online for money.

“I was playing the role of a porn star at his direction,” Jane Doe testified.

While sex with Higueros was initially consensual, she testified, she eventually felt like she had to do it, sometimes as often as five times a day.

“He threatened to kill me,” she said.

As The Tribune previously reported, Higueros’ father was stabbed to death in the family’s Los Osos home in 1990. While detectives had a suspect — not Higueros — no one was charged in the case. Higueros was 14 years old at the time.

I was terrified for my life because he told me he had killed before.

Jane Doe

On Wednesday, jurors watched videos Higueros allegedly made of the two having sex. As one video played, the teen covered her eyes while on the witness stand.

“It was hard for me to watch,” she testified. “Humiliating.”

Higueros’ attorney, Jay Peterson, said in his opening statement all the sex was consensual. According to court records, the defense has several potential witnesses who might testify, including Higueros.

During the teen’s testimony, Higueros frequently shook his head. Jane Doe mostly avoided eye contact with the defendant.

At one point while living with Higueros, the teen testified, she invited a male friend over while Higueros was away. She sent Higueros a text, asking if she could have sex with the friend, provided that Higueros be allowed to record it. Higueros said no and came home angry, she said.

“He told me that I was a slut,” she said. “And he couldn’t believe that I let another man in his house, and I was going to be punished for it.”

Higueros then “hate raped” her, she said, breaking her wrist during the process.

“I was terrified for my life because he told me he had killed before,” she said.

He also choked her, she said.

“I was feeling very light-headed,” she said. “Everything was going black.”

He later apologized, she said, but the incident evoked fear.

“After he hurt me, I felt like there was no way I could say no to him.”

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