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Phillip Garrido Playing Mind Games with Jaycee Dugard and Children Through Media, Says Prosecutor

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PLACERVILLE, Calif. (CBS/AP) After kidnapping, raping, and holding Jaycee Dugard captive for 18 years, prosecutors say Phillip and Nancy Garrido are still trying to control her through their lawyers and the news media.

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El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson filed court papers Thursday opposing efforts by attorneys for the Garridos to get in touch with Dugard or her children and sought an order prohibiting future contact.

Dugard "emphatically stated to our office that she does not want any contact with the defendants or their attorneys," Pierson said in the documents. "The people ask this court to protect Ms. Doe and to, once and for all, put an end to the defendant's manipulation."

The papers referred to Dugard as "Jane Doe" because she was 11 when she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

Dugard surfaced last year after allegedly being held prisoner for 18 years in the Garridos' Antioch, Calif., backyard. She has been staying in a secret location.

In the court filing, Pierson said Dugard and the two daughters she allegedly had by Phillip Garrido when she was 14 and 17 had been instructed by the Garridos to run to the hidden backyard if anyone ever came to the door.

He also described a plan that Phillip Garrido allegedly hatched to stay in contact with Dugard if he was ever arrested. Dugard told prosecutors Garrido instructed her to request an attorney who could communicate directly with his "without law enforcement knowledge," the papers state.

Since Garrido's arrest, he has tried repeatedly to put the plan into action, Pierson said.

On the day he was arrested and Dugard's identity was revealed, Garrido advised her to get a lawyer. The next month, Garrido sent a letter to a Sacramento television station stating he wanted to reach Dugard "by attorney mail only."

In January, Garrido's lawyer wrote Dugard saying, "Mr. Garrido has asked me to convey that he does not harbor any ill will toward (Ms. Doe) or the children and loves them very much."

Dugard interpreted the "ill will" remark to mean she was not following the plan and that the letter was another way of manipulating her, the papers state.

Pierson submitted the motion for a protective order in response to papers filed last week by defense lawyers for Phillip and Nancy Garrido that seek to force prosecutors to tell them where Dugard is living and if she has a lawyer.

The attorneys said they want to speak with Dugard or her legal representative while preparing defenses for the Garridos, who have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The suspects also are requesting permission to visit each other in jail, where they are being held on $30 million and $20 million bail, respectively.

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