Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Husband Charged With Kidnapping and Assaulting Wife

A Fort Bliss, Texas, soldier reported missing and possibly in danger was located by authorities Sunday after she was kidnapped and assaulted by her husband, El Paso, Texas, police said Monday.

The 34-year-old husband was arrested on charges of aggravated kidnapping and is now being held on $75,000 bond, said El Paso Police officer Chris Mears.

The complaint affidavit against him says he kicked, stabbed and raped his wife, according to the El Paso Times.

CNN does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent and is not naming the husband because it could lead to the soldier's identity.

Hospital officials at Fort Bliss told The Associated Press the woman had been treated and released.

The 29-year-old private first class had been reported missing Friday when she failed to show up for work at the base.

Mears said the man had been distraught after his wife told him she would be ending their relationship, and he waited in her off-post apartment until she came home late Thursday night.

When she arrived, Mears said, he stabbed her twice and forced her to drive with him to Las Vegas, Nevada. The two returned to El Paso on a Greyhound bus, he said.

There was no indication why he chose Las Vegas as their destination, Mears said. El Paso police are working with their counterparts in Las Vegas, he added.

The man went to police after seeing a newspaper article about the disappearance, said Mears, who refused to comment on whether he had confessed to any crime.

Cpl Alain Boulianne Charged with Sex with Minor

A Codiac Regional Police officer who has been suspended with pay since early last fall was charged in provincial court yesterday with sexual interference with a minor.

Cpl. Alain Boulianne was not in court but his lawyer, James Letcher, elected on his behalf to be tried in provincial court. A preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 18.

A judge from outside this region will hear the case.

Bouliane has most recently led Codiac's traffic division.

Codiac officials said late last year that an officer had been suspended with pay after allegations of a sexual nature were made against him by a teenaged girl. Letcher has said the charges will be vigorously defended and that his client was anxious to get to court.

The case was investigated by the Saint John Police Force.