Baxter Troutman, a 52-year-old former House representative for Florida, was taken into police custody on January 5th. The former representative served in the House from 2002 to 2010, and he has been married to his current spouse for over ten years. Now, his wife is coming forward with allegations of physical abuse. She also alleges that the abuse has been documented several times throughout their relationship.

The most current incident occurred on January 2nd. The couple has been having marital issues, so Troutman’s wife wanted to purchase a home in her own name. According to his wife, the idea enraged her husband. Her complaint alleges that Troutman began entering in and out of her bedroom beginning at 4:30 A.M. He began to intentionally make loud noises throughout the home and demanded that his wife get up and get a job. The victim reportedly attempted to wrap herself in a comforter and lay on her bed while he raged, but he came in the room and ripped the comforter from the bed so violently that it threw the victim onto the floor.

He returned later and grabbed her by her jaw and chin. He reportedly pulled her head backwards and swore at her multiple times before leaving again. After the ordeal, Troutman’s wife contacted authorities and told them everything. As she recounted the abuse, she reported to officers about two other violent episodes that occurred in 2015 and 2018. In those cases, the victim’s pinky finger was broken, and she suffered a cut on her nose.

As a result, the former Florida representative has been arrested and charged with one count of aggravated battery and two counts of battery.