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Man Faces Charges for Physical, Sexual Abuse

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MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) A 58-year-old Mason City man is in custody at the Cerro Gordo County Jail after his arrest in connection with the physical and sexual abuse of a woman.

Mason City television station KIMT reports that William Purvis is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, domestic assault-strangulation and willful injury. He's being held on $150,000 bond and has a court date set for Jan. 4.

Purvis, who was booked Monday, is accused of beating the woman so severely that she had to be rushed to an emergency room.

Police found the woman after a friend notified them of a Facebook message saying she needed help. Upon arriving at her home, officers could hear a female voice calling for help and found Purvis with her.

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