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Woman Found Shackled To Couple’s Bed Was Allegedly Being Kept As Wife’s ‘Slave’

The victim had been having an affair with the husband for nearly a decade.

A woman was allegedly shackled and kept as a slave by the wife of the man she allegedly had an affair with for nearly a decade. The victim was found shackled to a bed inside an Ovilla, Texas home in late January after the victim contacted police with an electronic tablet given to her by the suspects.

According to an affidavit, the victim, a 51-year-old woman, told police she woke up restrained and shackled in that home after having a drink with 51-year-old Jean-Claude Demars at a gas station, WFAA reports. She said that he told her that she was now the slave of his wife, 48-year-old Charlotte Demars. Her main task was to clean up dog feces inside the home. Police said the victim was only given a bucket for her own restroom needs. Chains, leg and hand cuffs and collars were found in the home.

The victim’s affair with Jean-Claude had allegedly been going on for eight years, on and off. She told police that he previously paid for her to live in a hotel but recently he stopped paying for that. He picked her up at a women’s shelter where she lived the day of the alleged kidnapping, according to WFAA.

The married couple apparently didn’t deny chaining up Jean-Claude’s longtime mistress.

“Mr. and Mrs. Demars told officers that they did apply the chains and shackles to [the victim], but only because [she] requested it to avoid killing them in their sleep,” an affidavit states.

It’s unclear if either Demars has a lawyer yet at this time. Both are being held on $150,000 bond each.

[Photo: Ovilla Police Department]

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