Man formally charged in girlfriend's kidnapping

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Formal charges are now filed against a man accused of holding his girlfriend captive for more than three weeks.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, prosecutors have charged 31-year-old Anthony G. Whyms with kidnapping and sexual assault.

They say Whyms locked the woman in the bedroom of their Millcreek condominium when she refused to move to Nevada with him. He used tape to bind the woman's hands and feet, refused to let her use the bathroom and occasionally forced her to have sex.

The woman was finally able to escape March 14 when Whyms let her leave to meet with a religious leader. She called 911 instead.

Whyms is being held without bail in the Salt Lake County jail. He could face life in prison if convicted.

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