Chief deputy: Victim of sexual torture in Calhoun County 'may ve - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Chief deputy: Victim of sexual torture in Calhoun County 'may very well die'

(L-R) Barbie Vaughn and Dustin Bragg. Source: Calhoun County Sheriff's Office (L-R) Barbie Vaughn and Dustin Bragg. Source: Calhoun County Sheriff's Office
CALHOUN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A man and woman from Calhoun County have been charged with sexual torture for allegedly putting a bird feeder pole and garden hose into their roommate’s rectum after they had all been drinking.

The investigation began on Tuesday, Sept. 13 after the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office learned about a man who was hospitalized with severe injuries to his rectum and colon. 

The victim is still in critical condition.

"He may very well die," Chief Deputy Matthew Wade said on Wednesday.

Investigators discovered that on Sept. 3, the victim had been drinking on the front porch of the home he shares with the two suspects, Dustin Lee Bragg, 34, and Barbie Gordon Vaughn, 49.

One of the suspects, Bragg, is a registered sex offender in Calhoun County, Wade confirmed. Bragg has previously been charged with first-degree rape of a 10-year-old girl, according to the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office

“The victim fell from the porch, falling on a bird feeder and into dog feces. The victim then took his clothes off to remove the feces,” Wade said in a news release.

“During that time, Dustin Bragg and Barbie Vaughn used the metal bird feeder pole and a garden water hose to insert in the victim’s rectum, causing severe internal injuries,” Wade said.

The victim did not seek medical attention for six days, until a relative took him to Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center in Anniston on Friday, Sept. 9.

The victim and his wife had previously been homeless and paid $400 to rent a spare room at the home after seeing it advertised on Craigslist.

They had only been in the home a few days when the incident occurred, Wade said. The victim's wife was not home at the time.

Wade said the suspects told investigators details that corroborated the case.

While searching the home, investigators found a burn pile with a burned mattress and “other items that appeared to have been burnt to conceal evidence,” Wade said.

They found the garden hose with the end cut off, but have not recovered the bird feeder pole.

Both suspects are still being questioned and are in custody of the Calhoun County Jail.

Bragg and Vaughn are both Ohatchee residents. Their court date and bonds have not yet been set. 

Investigators did not rule out the possibility of additional charges in the case.

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