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Boone County man accused of torturing woman for hours

Court records say Kevin Woodrum, 43, of Gordon faces multiple charges, including kidnapping, after a woman claimed he tortured her for hours. (West Virginia Regional Jail)

A Boone County man faces multiple charges after a woman claimed he tortured her for hours, sexually assaulting her, beating her in the face and head, burning her with a lighter and cutting off a large amount of her hair.

Kevin Woodrum, 43, of Gordon is charged with malicious wounding, sexual assault, kidnapping, strangulation, domestic battery and domestic assault, according to a criminal complaint filed in Boone County Magistrate Court.

West Virginia State Police said they went to a residence in Gordon Saturday to investigate a domestic situation. They said Woodrum asked them to leave unless they had a warrant and told them the woman was asleep. Eventually, they were able to talk to the woman and noticed she had severe swelling and bruising on her face. The complaint said she told officers that Woodrum had been beating her for hours.

Woodrum was arrested, and the woman gave a detailed statement to officers. She said Woodrum became enraged at her Friday and tied her hands and feet to the bed. She said he punched and slapped her multiple times in the face and burned her with a lighter several times across the body.

While she was held captive, she said, Woodrum sexually assaulted her and choked her to the point she would black out. She also said he threatened to kill her. The complaint said he also cut off a large amount of her hair with scissors and poured water in her face with a large cup in an attempt to “water board” her.

Woodrum is a former Boone County sheriff’s deputy. He last worked there in 2004 and was employed at the department for about 2 and half years, Chief Deputy Chad Barker said.

Woodrum is currently being held at Southwestern Regional Jail. No bond has been set.

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