A jealous boyfriend is said to have used the torture technique of waterboarding to extract a false confession from his girlfriend.
A young man allegedly became abusive after he witnessed his new girlfriend chatting online to another guy and decided to waterboard her to see if she would confess to infidelity.
Dylan VanCamp, from Wisconsin, allegedly carried out the torture technique along with a string of violent and and abusive acts last year.
The 22-year-old faces six charges including suffocation, stalking and battery. He is also accused of throwing a fork at his victim, who has not been named, and attacking her on two other occasions – once where she also fell unconscious.
The victim claims VanCamp, who she had only been dating for one month, waterboarded her in June last year after becoming ‘enraged’ when he saw that she had been speaking to a boy she had known for some time on social media.
When he left her apartment, VanCamp punched her in the face. Later that day he turned up again and dragged her from her shower by her hair. He then put her on the bed and placed a washing cloth over her mouth and nose and proceeded to waterboard her.
Her eyes were left uncovered so she could see what was happening.
She told police: ‘VanCamp dumped about three cups of water, trying to get her to admit that she was cheating with the guy she had been on the computer with.
‘[She] stated that she could not breathe and it felt like she was drowning.’
Lincoln County District Attorney Don Dunphy told The Washington Post: ‘I pursue these domestic violence cases to let people know we are watching and we are not going to brush these kinds of crimes under the rug.
‘Now having said that, I would remind you that Mr VanCamp is only alleged to have committed these crimes and he is currently presumed innocent.’
If convicted VanCamp could face up to a decade in prison and a fine of £18,000.
Waterboarding was discontinued by President Obama during his first term in office.
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