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Sandy man already charged with rape now accused of hogtying woman

Sandy man already charged with rape now accused of hogtying woman

(Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office)


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SANDY — A Sandy man has been charged with beating and hogtying his girlfriend in 2015.

Gavin William Hess, 42, was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony, and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.

In September of 2015, Hess "became angry and upset" and then punched his girlfriend in the head and face repeatedly outside his house in the yard, according to charging documents.

Hess then sprayed the woman with a garden hose, continued hitting her, dragged her on the ground, "put spray paint on her," and then choked her with a cord, the charges state.

Police were called and an officer responded to the house. When Hess answered the door, the officer saw the woman on the floor in the background with one end of an electrical extension cord wrapped around her feet and other end around her neck, according to court documents.

"She had duct tape wrapped around her head and neck," the charges state.

She was "overall incoherent" but said several times to the officer, "Get me the (expletive) out of here," according to charging documents.

Hess claimed the woman was "'going crazy' so he had to hogtie her,'" the charges state.

Hess is already facing charges of aggravated sexual assault and rape, both first-degree felonies, and aggravated assault resulting in serious injury, from an incident on Aug. 8, 2016, according to court records. A preliminary hearing for that case is scheduled for Aug. 25. The alleged victim in that case has the same initials as the woman from the 2015 incident, according to charging documents.

In October of 2015, Hess pointed a gun at a neighbor and threatened him, according to another case. He was convicted in May 2016 and sentenced to probation, court records state.

Support for victims of domestic violence is available around the clock at 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or by visiting udvc.org.

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