A Tuscaloosa police officer is accused of sexually assaulting and attempting to strangle his wife.
Jimmy Darrell Smith, 33, was arrested by the Tuscaloosa County Homicide Unit on Thursday. He is facing two counts of first degree sodomy and one count of domestic violence for strangulation.
The Coaling Police Department responded to a report of domestic violence on August 15 near the 15000 block of Wire Road.
Reports say the victim, a 37-year-old female, stated she was physically assaulted by her husband.
According to the victim, the assaults happened on three different occasions in August. The victim told police that Smith threw her into a chair, attempted to strangle her and sexually assaulted her.
The victim told police she could not breathe while the suspect had his hands around her neck.
The case was later referred to the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit, which is customary in these types of cases.
"These charges could carry a strong punishment if he's found guilty. That's why this case was referred to us," Sgt. Dale Phillips with the homicide unit said.
They say after an investigation took place, facts were presented to a magistrate and arrest warrants were obtained against Smith.
Smith was taken into custody on Thursday around 5 p.m.
Authorities say Smith has been employed by the Tuscaloosa Police Department as a patrol officer since February 2010. Smith has been placed on administrative leave.
Smith is in the Tuscaloosa County Jail where he is being held on a $65,000 bond.
The homicide unit is still gathering facts and interviewing people close to the suspect and the victim.
Copyright 2014 WBRC. All rights reserved.