Man accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting teenager |

Man accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting teenager

by Kurt Hildebrand

A Gardnerville man was arrested early Wednesday morning at his home for allegedly holding a 19-year-old woman captive and sexually assaulting her during the course of a week in early September.

Kenneth Howard Pestana, 48, who lives in the 1000 block of Centerville Lane, was arrested for kidnapping, sexual assault, supplying a controlled substance and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Douglas County Special Weapons and Tactics team members conducted a raid to capture Pestana. The arrest warrant issued out of East Fork Justice Court was served without incident.

According to Sgt. Tom Mezzetta of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the victim reported she spent nearly a week with Pestana against her will. She said that at times she was bound hand an foot and was sexually assaulted repeatedly.

For more see Friday’s edition of The Record-Courier