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Ex-L.A. County sheriff's deputy convicted of mayhem, torture, rape

May 14, 2012 |  5:06 pm

Former L.A. County sheriff's deputy convicted of mayhem, torture, rapeA former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy accused of torturing and sexually assaulting his wife and her lover — leaving both badly mutilated — was convicted Monday in the 2008 crime.

Robert McClain, 38, of Irvine forced his then 31-year-old wife and her 23-year-old lover into the break room of the leasing office where she worked and made them undress at knife point, repeatedly punching and kicking both victims, Orange County prosecutors said.

McClain’s public defender Darren Thompson told jurors that his family-oriented client was driven to madness after discovering his wife’s infidelity, and that McClain initially acted in self-defense.

McClain had pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity to the eight felony charges he faced.

Prosecutor John Cristl said McClain was an overbearing and controlling husband before the incident and said the floor of the break room was blood-soaked after hours of torturing his wife’s boyfriend.

The man was beaten so badly that he has no recollection of the incident and initially thought he'd been  in a car accident when he woke up in the hospital, the prosecution said.

On the first day of testimony, McClain’s former wife tearfully described her husband as a possessive person who would question her every interaction with men.

“I would always learn to walk with my head down,” she said. “I would look toward the ground. Just make sure I wasn't looking in the direction of another male.”

In mapping out their case before the trial, prosecutors said the male victim had suffered several knife wounds the groin area and that McClain had urinated on both victims and sodomized the man with a knife.

After slashing the man's face with the knife, prosecutors said, McClain fled the scene, forcing his wife to go with him.

The next morning, she was able to escape the house with the couple's four children and drive to a nearby hospital for help, authorities said. A cleaning crew discovered the other victim in the leasing office and called 911.

McClain was convicted of eight felonies, including aggravated mayhem, torture, spousal rape and sodomy by means of force.

A sanity phase will begin Tuesday.

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-- Lauren Williams, TCN

Photo: Robert A. McClain

 

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