|For Immediate Release
Case # 08HF1870
April 13, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
FORMER LA SHERIFF’S DEPUTY FACES TRIAL FOR VIOLENT TORTURE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT OF WIFE AND MALE VICTIM
SANTA ANA – A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy faces trial Monday for torturing and forcibly sexually assaulting his wife and another man. Robert Avery McClain, 38, Irvine, is charged with one felony count each of aggravated mayhem, torture, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by foreign object by force, spousal rape by force, sodomy by future threat, kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, domestic battery with corporal injury. He faces sentencing enhancements and allegations for the use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a sexual assault, personally inflicting great bodily injury to more than one victim, personal use of a deadly weapon, personal use of a firearm, use of a firearm during a sexual offense, causing great bodily injury to a sexual assault victim, and causing great bodily injury in the course of domestic violence.
If convicted, McClain faces a maximum of multiple life sentences. Opening statements are expected to begin Monday, April 16, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in Department C-37, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At the time of the crime, McClain was a 10-month deputy on probation with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The defendant was married to 31-year-old Jane Doe and the couple had four children. McClain is accused of becoming angry because he was suspicious that his wife was having an affair with 23-year-old John Doe, a resident of the Irvine apartment complex where Jane Doe worked in the leasing office.
On Sept. 28, 2008, McClain is accused of asking his wife to take him to meet John Doe under the pretense of being introduced to the man who might ultimately spend time around the couple’s children. The defendant is accused of showing up with Jane Doe at John Doe’s apartment at approximately 9:00 p.m. and leading the victims to the back kitchenette area of the leasing office.
The defendant is accused of arguing with Jane Doe and John Doe and then violently torturing both victims. He is accused of the following physical and sexual attack, which lasted for over two hours:
· Repeatedly punching and kicking both victims. He is accused of beating John Doe so severely that the victim was rendered temporarily unconscious and suffered extreme blood loss;
· Forcing both victims at knife-point to undress and then removing his own clothing. The defendant is accused of holding the victims at gun-point at various times throughout the attack;