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Baxter Troutman, former state representative, charged with domestic violence

Baxter Troutman
Posted at 1:43 PM, Jan 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 03:41:09-05

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Deputies arrested former state representative Baxter Troutman early Saturday for abusing his wife of 10 years, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

The 52-year-old Troutman allegedly abused his wife on multiple occasions, according to an arrest report. His wife Rebecca Troutman said the two argued about her buying a home in Lakeland in her own name.

"Get up, it's a new day, it's time to get a job the f— gravy train is over," Troutman allegedly said to his wife when he came into her room around 4 a.m.

She told authorities he pulled the comforter off her bed before leaving and turning on multiple TVs in the house to play loud heavy metal music, according to the report.

The reports shows that Rebecca told deputies the two had been sleeping is separate rooms for several years.

She then told deputies she tried to go back to sleep but her husband came back in and pulled her comforter again, but this time hard enough to cause her to fall to the floor. Then he left again.

When he came back into the room, according to the report, he grabbed his wife by the chin and said, "B— get up," before leaving again.

Rebecca then said she left her room to use her cellphone to record the blaring music before going back and using a chair to barricade the door because the lock didn't work.

She also told deputies of two previous incidents with her husband, one in September 2018 and one in January 2015. She said in September her husband demanded she give him her phone and the code so he could open it, according to the report. When she refused, she told deputies Troutman hit her in the nose with the phone.

In 2015 Rebecca said her husband grabbed her hand during an argument and twisted it, breaking her pinky finger. The report states deputies saw time stamped photographs from the day of her "obviously bruised hand."

Troutman was arrested around 1 a.m. on January 5 and booked into the Polk County Jail. He faces one count of aggravated battery and two counts of battery.