Former Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Torturing and Trying to Waterboard His Wife: Reports

Former Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Torturing and Trying to Waterboard His Wife: Reports

A former West Virginia sheriff’s deputy allegedly sexually assaulted and tortured his wife for hours this weekend, cutting off large portions of her hair and trying to waterboard her in their Boone County home, multiple media outlets report.

Kevin Woodrum was arrested on Monday and charged with malicious wounding, sexual assault and domestic battery, court officials tell PEOPLE.

Woodrum had for hours allegedly held his wife hostage in their home in Gordon, West Virginia, before police were called to the residence, Fox 11 reports, citing a criminal complaint.

According to the station, West Virginia State Police went to the Woodrum, 43, residence on Saturday to investigate a domestic situation. Woodrum allegedly told officers to leave unless they had a warrant and that his wife was asleep.

After a few minutes, officers were able to speak with the victim and noticed her face was swollen and bruised. She allegedly told officers that Woodrum had been beating and torturing her for hours.

The victim then detailed for officers the harrowing ordeal Woodrum allegedly put her through, including burning her several times with a lighter and cutting off her hair while pouring water on her face in an attempt to “waterboard” her, WSAZ3 reports.

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She reportedly said that on Friday night, Woodrum became mad at her and tied her hands and feet to the bed. He allegedly punched her multiple times in the face and ran a lighter across her body burning her.

For the next few hours, the woman said in the complaint, Woodrum sexually assaulted her, threatened to kill her and choked her until she lost consciousness, WSAZ3 reports.

More than a decade ago, Woodrum worked as a deputy of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, a sheriff’s spokesman tells PEOPLE. He was with the department for two and half years before leaving in 2004 to work in the coal industry.

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Woodrum remains behind bars at the Southwestern Regional Jail awaiting trial, jail officials tell PEOPLE.

It is unclear whether he has retained an attorney or has entered a plea. West Virginia State Police could not be reached for comment.