Man accused of beating, raping former girlfriend pleads not guilty


A New Boston, Texas, man facing four counts of aggravated sexual assault involving a former girlfriend entered pleas of not guilty Monday at a court hearing in Texarkana.

William Emmett Baucum, 44, appeared with Texarkana attorney Joe Tyler for arraignment before 202nd District Judge Leon Pesek, Jr. Pesek scheduled Baucum to return to court Sept. 12 for a pretrial hearing.

Baucum allegedly held 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 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 observed 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 as she was sexually assaulted and sodomized.

The woman reported that Baucum took her car keys, cash, debit card, and cell phone, making it impossible for her to leave. When Baucum left for work the morning of Feb. 5 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 found a silver handgun believed to be the one displayed during the assaults and marijuana.

According to Bowie County jail records, Baucum was released from custody after posting a $100,000 bond Feb. 7. Aggravated sexual assault is punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison.

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