Clovis man faces abuse charges

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer

A 44-year-old Clovis man was arrested Saturday and faces felony charges after he allegedly chained and beat his daughter for several hours, according to court records.

Bryan Storseth is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a household member, kidnapping and child abuse.

His 15-year-old daughter told police her father had handcuffed her and also chained her by the neck to the ceiling of their garage for several hours while he hit her with a baseball bat and whipped her with a belt, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Curry County Magistrate Court.

Officers documented wounds on the girl’s neck, arms and legs. They also found in the family’s garage duct tape with what appeared to be blood and strands of hair adhered, according to the complaint.

Also found in the garage were chains and handcuffs as she had described, records show.

Storseth is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on $110,000 bail.

According to records, the incident arose over $10 that Storseth said was missing from the house. The victim said her father threatened her by telephone and when he arrived home took her into the garage, chained her up and began beating her, records show.

The victim said she told her father repeatedly she did not take the money and did not know where it was.

At one point, she said he threatened her with the flame of a torch and burned her with it, according to the report.

Attempts to reach the Storseth residence Monday were unsuccessful.