New Boston man accused of gunpoint rape back in custody

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A New Boston, Texas, man accused of sexually assaulting a girlfriend at gunpoint in 2016 is back in the Bowie County jail.

William Emmett Baucum III, 46, had been free on a $100,000 bond since his arrest for sexual assault in February 2016. At a regular court appearance Jan. 14, 202nd District Judge John Tidwell ordered Baucum to submit to a routine drug test. Court records do not explain exactly why, but the court signed off later the same day on a warrant for Baucum’s arrest.

Baucum has been back in the Bowie County jail since Tuesday. He is not scheduled to appear before Tidwell again until Feb. 11. His case is scheduled for a final pretrial hearing on four counts of aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon that day and is set for jury selection Feb. 12.

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Baucum allegedly stuck a silver revolver to the woman’s forehead and threatened to end her life during a violent sexually oriented attack that began on the night of Feb. 4, 2016, and ended around 5:30 a.m. the next day, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Deputies who responded to a location on County Road 4004 in New Boston noted redness and swelling to the alleged victim’s face and a bite mark impression on her lower jaw. The woman told officers she had been hit and bitten all over her body during the attack.

The woman allegedly claims Baucum became “irritated and aggressive” at about 11 p.m. Baucum allegedly raped and sodomized the woman during multiple attacks during the night and morning of Feb. 4, 2016, and Feb. 5, 2016.

The woman reported that Baucum took her car keys, cash, debit card, and cell phone. When Baucum left for work the morning of Feb. 5, 2016, the woman sought help.

Later that day, investigators arrested Baucum at his home. He agreed to let officers search a home safe in which they allegedly found a silver handgun and marijuana.

Each of the four aggravated sexual assault charges pending against Baucum is punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison.

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