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Former deputy accused of domestic violence, sexual assault

A former deputy accused of choking a woman and sexually assaulting another has been arrested in Alabama.

Posted: Jun 12, 2018 9:22 AM

PALMERDALE, Ala. (AP) — A former deputy accused of choking a woman and sexually assaulting another has been arrested in Alabama.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office told WBMA-TV on Monday that 27-year-old James William Parsons is charged with domestic violence by strangulation, escape and sodomy. The victim said she was in a relationship and lived with Parsons, who choked her to the point she could not breathe.

A second victim came forward and said Parsons sexually assaulted her while they were in a relationship.

Authorities say Parsons was arrested June 7 after the victim moved out of his home. He tried to escape while still being handcuffed when authorities arrived back at the sheriff's headquarters.

Parsons was captured after a brief foot chase. He is being held at the Jefferson County Jail without bond.

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