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article imageFacebook photo of Mitt Romney leads to domestic abuse charge

By Arthur Weinreb     Jul 31, 2012 in Crime
Clinton - A Tennessee man found a picture of a man he didn't recognize on his live-in girlfriend's Facebook page. What's he supposed to think? She's obviously having an affair. And he didn't buy her explanation the man was the Republican presidential nominee.
According to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun, the alleged assault took place on July 22. Crystal Gray told police her boyfriend, Lowell Turpin, had been argumentative all day. Gray had planned to walk to the Breadbox, a convenience store, with her brother and her brother's girlfriend. Turpin accused her of going to the Breadbox to meet someone she was having an affair with.
Turpin became more incensed at Gray when he noticed her on her Facebook page on the laptop the couple both used. On her page was a picture of a man Turpin did not recognize. He demanded to know who the guy was, accusing his girlfriend of communicating to friends on Facebook in order to have an affair.
When Gray told him the man in the photo was Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, Turpin did not believe her. Not surprising as he failed to recognize the person in the picture as being the former governor of Massachusetts.
Gray told officers with the Anderson County Sheriff's Department that Turpin grabbed the laptop from her. She then grabbed it back whereupon Turpin jerked it away from her, injuring her right hand. He then took the laptop and began smashing it against the wall.
According to Gray, Turpin then hit her in the face with a closed fist. At that point Gray's brother intervened and then Gray, her brother, and her brother's girlfriend, left the home.
Although Turpin denied Gray's allegations, police found the physical evidence was consistent with what Gray and the other two present at the scene told them.
Turpin, 40, was charged with one count of domestic assault. The Knoxville News quotes Gray as having told a deputy Turpin "has been violent towards her multiple times over several years."
CBS reports Turpin is being held in jail in lieu of bond.
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