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Avondale Man Forces Estranged Wife to Bathe Three Times During Alleged Sexual Assault

An Avondale man is either obsessed with hygiene or obsessed with destroying evidence of sexual assault -- or both.

Authorities say 25-year-old James McCoy forced his estranged wife to bathe three times, once before, and twice after he allegedly sexually assaulted her earlier this month.

McCoy was arrested Tuesday for a slew of charges stemming from the alleged sexual assault, including kidnapping, stalking, and burglary.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, about 7:30 a.m. on January 4, McCoy went to the home of his estranged wife, walked in the apartment, and pulled out a gun.

The wife told McCoy she had to pay her rent, so he walked her to the office of the apartment complex in which she lives holding a gun to her back. He told her if she said anything to anyone he would shoot her.

The two returned to the wife's house where McCoy told her to go into the bedroom and take a shower. Out of fear, she obeyed -- he joined her in the shower a few minutes later where he forced her to have sex with him, court docs show.

When the victim told McCoy he was hurting her, he pulled out and requested oral sex -- she agreed.

McCoy apparently decided shower time was over and forced the victim onto the bed, where he put on a condom and decided to try for round two.

After scaring the woman into sex, McCoy flushed the condom down the toilet and forced her to take yet another shower. When she was done with that shower, McCoy decided it was bath time and forced the victim into a tub he'd filled.

Meanwhile, the couple's minor children were banging on the bedroom door. McCoy and the woman left the bedroom and went into the kitchen and made the kids breakfast. The victim, at this point, is trying to find a phone to call police while not enraging her gun-toting estranged husband. She was unable to find a phone, and McCoy decided it was time for more sex.

McCoy forced the woman back into the bedroom where he scared her into sex for a third time. After ejaculating on her stomach, McCoy held a fun to her head and told the victim to call her boyfriend and tell him she didn't want to be with him anymore.

Sexual assault isn't the preferred method when trying to win back a former flame, so when McCoy finally left the house -- three alleged sexual assaults later -- his estranged wife didn't call her boyfriend as McCoy had requested, she called the cops.

During interviews with police, three of the couple's children, ages 3,5, and 6, each told cops "daddy was being mean to mommy." The 6-year-old even told officers he saw his father with a gun the morning of the alleged attack.

During a medical exam of the victim, doctors found acute injuries in her vagina, adding credit to her version of events. 

In a confrontation call a few days after the incident, McCoy claimed he was never even at the house that morning. When pressed about his kids seeing him at the house, he later admitted "of course the kids saw [him], they fed the kids breakfast."

McCoy's been charged one count of sexual assault, one count of kidnapping, one count of stalking, one count of burglary, and one count of criminal trespassing.


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