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A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly beat, stabbed and may have tried to castrate a young man whom he suspected of having an affair with his wife, according to a law enforcement source and a relative of the victim.

Deputy Robert McClain, 34, is also suspected of assaulting his wife after confronting her about the alleged affair, law enforcement sources said.

Police responding to a call discovered the male victim, bleeding and unconscious, in the leasing office of an Irvine apartment complex about 7:30 a.m., said Irvine Police Lt. Rick Handfield. As detectives began to investigate, they learned that a female friend of the 23-year-old victim had driven herself to a local hospital for undisclosed injuries the same morning. Police said the woman was identified as McClain's wife.

After interviewing McClain's wife, detectives began searching for her husband, police said. When they found him, he had injuries that police suspected were sustained during the attack. Police believe the young man and McClain's wife were attacked sometime between 10:30 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, authorities said.

In addition to attempted murder, McClain was expected to be charged with aggravated assault and domestic violence, authorities said.

Police declined to release detailed information about the nature of the victims' injuries, beyond saying that the young man had been "cut with a sharp instrument." But one law enforcement source said the assailant had attempted to castrate the 23-year-old male, whom The Times is not identifying because of the nature of his injuries. Another law enforcement source confirmed that the victim had cuts to the area around his groin. He was listed in stable condition.

Nancy Smith said her brother, the young man's father, was told by an emergency room nurse that a castration attempt had been made.

She said the nurse warned the father that his son had been beaten so badly that "you won't recognize him."

Smith said her nephew worked as a salesman at a men's clothing store but was also an aspiring singer and songwriter.

"He is just the sweetest kid," she said.

Smith said her nephew met the woman he was allegedly involved with at the apartment complex where he lives and she works in the leasing office.

She said the young man's mother and father, who live in different states, were both flying to California on Monday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Sheriff Lee Baca on Monday immediately began proceedings to terminate the deputy. "The sheriff believes strongly that this must be acted upon," said Whitmore. McClain is still considered a probationary deputy, having been with the department a year. Until deputies have completed their probationary period, they can be terminated for any reason.

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L.A. sheriff's deputy charged in sexual torture of wife, her alleged lover

Prosecutors release chilling details about the Sunday night attack, alleging that Deputy Robert A. McClain ordered his wife to castrate her lover.

By Scott Glover and Richard Winton
The Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES - After tricking his wife into introducing him to her lover, a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy held the couple captive overnight at an Irvine apartment complex where he beat them, forced them to undress at knife point and ordered the woman to castrate her younger suitor, authorities alleged Wednesday.
Deputy Robert A. McClain then allegedly sodomized his wife and chopped off her hair with the knife, Orange County prosecutors said as they announced the filing of mayhem, torture and sexual assault charges against the 34-year-old ex-Marine, who faces a potential life sentence if convicted.
Prosecutors said the nine-hour ordeal began about 10 p.m. Sunday when McClain's wife told him she was leaving him for the younger man, whom she met while working in the leasing office of the apartment complex where he lives.
McClain then used a ruse to persuade his 31-year-old wife to introduce him to the 23-year-old man, said Susan Kang Schroeder, a spokeswoman for Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas.
After arriving at the young man's apartment, the deputy led the victims to a back kitchenette area in the nearby leasing office, where he started to argue with them and attack them, authorities said.
"McClain is accused of taking out a knife and forcing both victims to undress," according to the district attorney's statement. McClain, who also disrobed, "is accused of unsuccessfully ordering [his wife] to orally copulate both him and [the other man]," the statement added.
McClain then ordered his wife to castrate the younger man, and she "fearfully pretended to follow his instructions," the statement said. Schroeder said there were several puncture wounds in the man's groin area, including on his testicles.
After slashing the man's face with the knife, prosecutors said, McClain fled the scene, forcing his wife to go with him.
McClain then forcibly sodomized his wife, chopped off her hair with the knife, and ultimately drove her back to their Irvine home, prosecutors allege. About 5 a.m. Monday, the wife was able to leave the house with her four children and drive to a nearby hospital to get treatment, authorities said.
A cleaning crew discovered the young man in the leasing office about two hours later and called 911.
The young man's aunt, Nancy Smith, said she was stunned by what befell her nephew, an aspiring singer and songwriter who worked as a salesman at a Jos. A. Bank store in Orange County.
"I think my nephew came across pure evil," she said in a telephone interview from Florida. "It is hard to believe that there is that much anger and hate in someone."
The young man's father said earlier this week that he had warned his son about getting involved with a married woman, but that he didn't listen. The father, who visited his son in the hospital, said his son would require surgery for a "complete facial reconstruction."
Both the young man and McClain's wife remained hospitalized as of Wednesday afternoon.
The woman's sister, who drove from Arizona to take care of the couple's children, said they had been married for years and she knew of no previous trouble between them.
"I have always seen him as a good person. So this is very hard to believe. He adores his children. They were his life," said the woman, who declined to provide her name.
McClain, who worked as a guard at the county jail in downtown Los Angeles, resigned from the Sheriff's Department Wednesday afternoon, said Steve Whitmore, a sheriff's spokesman. McClain had not had any disciplinary problems since graduating from the Sheriff's Academy in March, Whitmore said.
McClain suffered minor injuries in the attack and will be arraigned at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach when his medical treatment is completed, prosecutors said. He is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.

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