Man arrested for sexually assaulting wife with a curling iron

George Kephart (WJLA photo)

Rumors of an extramarital affair from the 1960s caused a Montgomery County Public Schools employee to sexually penetrate his 78-year-old wife with a hot curling iron, police said.

George Kephart, 78, of Derwood, is facing felony charges of first-degree sex offense, first-degree assault and vulnerable adult abuse.

According to charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court, Kephart recently accused his wife, who suffers from severe dementia, of cheating on him some 50 years ago. When his wife confessed, Kephart allegedly beat and strangled his spouse with his bare hands before burning her genitals with a torrid curling iron.

Days later, a part-time home caretaker noticed significant bruising on Mrs. Kephart's head, neck, back, arms and legs. She called her patient's son who in turn notified police.

Paramedics took Mrs. Kephart to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville where staff performed a sexual assault forensic exam, which revealed torn internal flesh.

During a hospital room interview, Mrs. Kephart told detectives she is terribly afraid of her husband because he routinely hits and "burns her with fire." She went on to confess that she "hates him", charging documents state.

"He is a round, short, little guy who is ready to explode at any moment," Kephart's next-door-neighbor, Zide Anani remarked. "I'm surprised he didn't do it earlier because he's really frustrated with the wife. The wife is a very sick woman. She is not moving, she is on oxygen, she needs help to do her regular things in life and the guy is just really fed up."

ABC 7 News has learned Kephart works as a bus aide for Montgomery County Public Schools, serving children with special needs; a job he has held for the last 15 years. Kephart is based out of the Shady Grove Depot. Although his name is still listed on MCPS' website, spokesman Dana Tofig said Kephart is currently on unpaid administrative leave, and consequently, will not be riding on any school busses when classes commence next week.

"Crazy man. He is always enraged, really constantly enraged. Even if you talk to him during a normal conversation, a word can set him off. Nothing surprises me with this guy," Anani concluded.

Kephart, who faces life in prison, is currently incarcerated. He will appear in Montgomery County District Court on September 11, for a preliminary hearing.

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