Prineville resident convicted of several sex abuse and domestic violence crimes stemming from incident on New Year's Day 2016

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Todd CulverA Prineville man was convicted of 18 criminal offenses in Crook County Circuit Court Thursday, following a four-day trial.

Todd Culver was facing charges that ranged from attempted murder and first-degree sexual abuse to strangulation, assault and harassment, following an incident involving his wife on New Year's Day 2016.

County law enforcement responded to an armed domestic assault report that resulted in a lengthy standoff with several law enforcement agencies. Authorities reported that during an argument about an incident that occurred over New Year's Eve, Culver threw his wife to the floor and struck her numerous times and then choked her. The assault continued for an approximately two hours, during which Culver reportedly attempted to rape the woman and assaulted her sexually and physically.

During the incident, Culver allegedly threatened his wife with a shotgun and told her to call the police and when they arrive, he would shoot them as well.

Out of concern that Culver had numerous weapons near the windows of his residence and was prepared to engage law enforcement when they arrived, county law enforcement requested the assistance of the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT). Oregon State Police Tactical Unit also responded to assist. When they were finally able to get Culver to exit his residence, he was not cooperative with law enforcement and would not follow their commands. When the tactical team attempted to take him into custody, Culver resisted arrest and was eventually tazed.

Culver's wife sustained serious injuries during the incident and was taken to St. Charles Hospital in Prineville for treatment.

Culver stood trial for 20 offenses and was ultimately convicted of all but two of them, attempted murder and criminal mischief. He was found guilty of several sex-related offenses, including one count of attempted rape, one count of unlawful sexual penetration, and one count of first-degree sex abuse. Culver was also convicted of multiple domestic violence crimes, including two counts of strangulation, four counts of fourth-degree assault, four counts of harassment, one count of menacing, and one count of coercion. In addition, he was found guilty of pointing a firearm at another, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest.

Sentencing for Culver's convictions has not yet been scheduled.

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