Witness: Perez Sexually Abused Me More Than 100 Times

UPDATE: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A woman who was sexually abused as a teenager said she finally came forth to report the crimes because the man responsible needed to be charged.

Daniel Perez, 52, is charged with first-degree murder and child sex crimes in connection to a series of cases at a Valley Center compound. Prosecutors said he is responsible for Patricia Hughes 2003 drowning death, that had been ruled accidental.

During a preliminary hearing Tuesday, a 27-year-old woman said Perez began sexually abusing her when she was 17. She said she was assaulted more than 100 times.

The witness testified Perez threatened her and two other girls multiple times, forcing the girls to engage in sex acts at gunpoint. She said Perez threatened to kill their families if they didn’t cooperate.

The witness also testified about the day Hughes died. She said she and Perez were on their way to purchase a new car, when he got a phone call that there had been an accident at the compound. She said she didn’t know where Perez was for some time, but didn’t notice that he was wearing wet clothes.

The woman said she never told anyone about the abuse because Perez said he would hurt her. She testified she finally reported the abuse after Perez and other members of the compound moved to Tennessee in 2009.

Testimony in the preliminary hearing is expected to continue Wednesday.

UPDATE: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A cars' salesman has testified a man accused of living off of life-insurance policies bought at least 20 new cars at a Wichita dealership.

A preliminary hearing is underway in Sedgwick County District court for Daniel Perez. The 52-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder and child sex crimes in connection to crimes at a Valley Center compound, called Angels Landing.

Prosecutors said Perez killed Patricia Hughes in 2003, whose death was initially ruled an accidental drowning. The state argued he lied on life-insurance applications to live a lavish lifestyle.

Keith Williams, Davis-Moore salesman, testified Perez bought 20 to 30 new vehicles during his time at the dealership.

David Quiring, who lived in the compound, also testified Perez would pick out the new cars for members of Angels Landing to drive. Quiring said he would sign for them.

Quiring testified his wife, Jennifer Hutson died in a Butler County accident in 2008. She was killed after hitting a dump truck head-on. One of the couple’s neighbors was driving the dump truck. Hutson’s death was also ruled accidental, but Quiring implied during the preliminary hearing that his wife may have committed suicide.

Quiring said he and his wife borrowed money from other families who lived in the compound. He said his wife spent more time with compound members than the couple’s immediate family leading up to her death.

The preliminary hearing is expected to last three days. A judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

UPDATE: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Insurance agent Bill Hattan told a Sedgwick County judge he wrote up several life insurance policies for friends of Daniel Perez beginning in 2002.

Perez is charged with murder and child sex crimes stemming from incidents that happened nearly a decade ago. Prosecutors said he is responsible for Patricia Hughes 2003 drowning death, then lived off the woman’s life-insurance policy.

Hattan said Perez took out a million dollar policy on Hughes with language in the policy that if she died accidentally then the benefit would be double. The beneficiary was Hughes husband, Brian. There was also a policy on Brian with the beneficiary being a woman named Kara Lemier who lived on the compound near Valley Center with Perez.

A few years after Patricia Hughes died, Brian Hughes died when a car fell on him. Lemier received the life insurance money. Hattan then told the judge the group took a life insurance policy out on Jennifer Hutson, who lived on the compound. She was killed in a car accident several years later. Lemier received that money as well.

Hattan said Perez was at every meeting when the life insurance policies were written and that he was very specific in who would be the beneficiary. He was never listed as the one who would get the payout, but he drove fancy cars and flashed cash around town.

The preliminary hearing will continue at 1:30 p.m.

UPDATE: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A woman who visited a Valley Center compound said one of the men had inappropriate relations with young girls.

Daniel Perez is charged with murder and child sex crimes stemming from incidents that happened nearly a decade ago. Prosecutors said he is responsible for Patricia Hughes 2003 drowning death, then lived off the woman’s life-insurance policy.

Witness Sherry Cox told a Sedgwick County judge that she and her daughter visited the compound often, but never lived there. She testified Perez interacted with children through hugs and kisses, even placing his hands in inappropriate places.

Prosecutors showed suggestive pictures of young girls, including Cox’s daughter, in their swimsuits. They said Perez took the pictures.

Cox testified she and her daughter stopped going to the compound in 2008, because of alcohol.

A teenager was also called to testify about her time at the compound. She said she felt uncomfortable when Perez would hug her, or when he kissed one other girl. The 14-year-old said her parents became suspicious of people dying so they stopped going to Perez' compound.

Michael Randolf, investigator, testified he found images of a young girl undressing and changing into a swimsuit on Perez’ computer. Randolf said it appeared the child was 8-to-10-years-old.

More witnesses are expected to testify in the afternoon. A judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

UPDATE: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A preliminary hearing is underway in Sedgwick County District Court for a Valley center man charged in a decade-old death.

Daniel Perez, 52, is accused of killing Patricia Hughes in 2003. Her death was originally classified as a drowning, but now prosecutors say Perez lived off life-insurance policies.

Kim Parker, Assistant District Attorney, said Perez falsified documents to benefit from life-insurance policies.

The state argues Perez led a Valley Center compound, living under the name Lou Castro. Investigators said he even forced young girls into sex acts; he is also facing child sex crimes.

Parker said another girl is expected to testify that Perez asked the child to lie to authorities when Hughes died.

A judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Prosecutors are preparing to present evidence to justify a murder trial for a 2003 death initially thought to be an accidental drowning.

A preliminary hearing for 52-year-old Daniel U. Perez begins Tuesday.

Perez is accused of the premeditated murder of Patricia Hughes. She died at a Valley Center compound where Perez and others allegedly lived off life insurance payouts from deceased members of their group.

An attorney for Perez did not return a message seeking comment.

Perez also faces multiple counts of lying on life insurance applications, rape, sodomy, criminal threat and making false statements on credit applications.


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