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South Florida dog trainer accused of raping teenager

Jessie Suarez, 32, held in jail without bail

MIAMI – The owner of a South Florida dog training company whose training method has been featured on various news outlets was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he raped a 15-year-old girl who was visiting his home with her family.

Jessie Suarez, 32, owner of Next Level K9, faces charges of kidnapping, sexual battery on a minor, lewd and lascivious molestation on a minor and lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor.

According to an arrest report, the victim was visiting Suarez's home in Miami for a gathering Jan. 9 when Suarez lured her into his bedroom and forcibly began kissing her.

The teen told detectives that Suarez told her to go to his bathroom to clean her face since her makeup was smudged. She said he followed her inside, grabbed her arms, forced her out of the bathroom and threw her onto his bed where he raped her.

According to the report, the victim identified Suarez by his Florida driver's license photo.

He remains at the Turner Knight Correctional Center where he is being held without bail.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Suarez has been featured on various news outlets for his dog training business, including CNN, CBS, Deco Drive and the Miami Herald.