Anderson Co. Sheriff: Confused man assaults girlfriend over alleged "Mitt Romney affair"

CLINTON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Clinton man allegedly assaults his live-in girlfriend after accusing her of having an affair with a man he didn't recognize on her Facebook page - presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Lowell Turpin is accused of hitting his girlfriend Crystal Gray on Sunday, June 22 during an argument that turned violent. Gray told authorities Turpin had been demeaning and insulting throughout the day. When she told him she was headed to the Breadbox with her brother and his girlfriend, Turpin accused her of planning an affair with someone there.

Turpin grew angrier, she said, after spotting the picture of a man he didn't recognize on her Facebook page and demanded to know who it was. Gray said she explained it was Mitt Romney and Turpin became upset she was trying to communicate with friends on Facebook.

According to Gray, Turpin then grabbed the computer from Gray and when she tried to take back he jerked it from her hands so hard it injured her right hand and began smashing it against the wall. After that , Gray said, Turpin struck her on the right side of her face with a fist. That's when her brother interceded and the three left.

After calling police, Gray told the deputy she would not go home until Turpin was gone. The responding deputy reported observing wounds on the inside of her mouth consistent with with her description of events.

When the deputy went to meet with Turpin denied assaulting Gray. The deputy reported Turpin offered multiple contradictory descriptions of what happened.

After deciding Turpin had been the primary aggressor, the deputy arrested him for Domestic Assault and took him to the Anderson Co. Detention Center.

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