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Man charged in wife's rape

A civilian U.S. Air Force employee allegedly raped his estranged wife Aug. 16, holding a handgun against her head as he forced her to perform sex acts at their Waldorf home, court documents reported.

The 40-year-old man also was charged with repeatedly punching his wife’s head, the papers stated.

The Maryland Independent is withholding the man’s name to protect the victim’s identity.

The woman told police that the day of the incident, her husband of 18 years called her to the basement, saying he needed help moving items out of the home.

The couple had been living in separate parts of the residence because they’d been having trouble in their relationship, police reports stated.

Court documents stated that once the woman walked downstairs, her husband gave her a note that read “I have nothing to live for. I have a gun, and we are having sex.”

She tried to go back upstairs, but the man started punching her in the face and put a handgun against her head, she reportedly told detectives.

He ordered her to perform sex acts and raped her, the documents reported.

After the alleged assault, the woman’s husband allowed her to leave the basement to call police, she told officers.

He was arrested and charged with first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sex offense, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and use of a handgun in a felony or violent crime.

He is being held without bond in the Charles County jail.

In court documents, the defendant reported he is a contingency event planning manager at Joint Base Andrews in Camp Springs. Base officials confirmed that he works there as a civilian employee.