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Nicholas Allen Talbot
A former sex offender has been taken into custody after Nebraska police discovered he had forced a woman in a long-term abusive relationship with him to sign a 'slave contract,' the Journal-Star
Nicholas Allen Talbot, 35, was charged with second-degree domestic assault, after the unidentified woman showed injuries she had sustained to her pastor who contacted police authorities.
"They were horrific," said the Rev. Kathy Gouin of the Lincoln Foursquare Church.
According to authorities, Talbot forced the 32-year-old woman to sign what he said was a legal document titled "Slave Contract" on Jan. 15.
In an affidavit, Lincoln Police Officer Angela Morehouse said that document stated the woman "only had rights the master gave her."
The affidavit states that Talbot whipped the woman, burned her with cigarettes, and forced her to drink his urine several times a day.
Police discovered burn marks on the woman's spine, buttocks, and one breast where the woman said Talbot used a heated screwdriver.
According to Morehouse, the woman had "PROPERTY OF NICK" written on her left arm in black marker.
The woman explained to investigators that Talbot had been abusing her nearly 10 years, but she had been afraid to go the police because she had been led to believe they were part of Talbot's "company" or "gang," Morehouse said.
The woman stated that he had threatened to have her parents and grandmother killed in front of her if she didn't obey him.
The Rev. Gouin said she has known the woman for approximately one year and described her as "very sweet and innocent' and "vulnerable."
"She's very innocent and believes people," Gouin said.
Talbot previously served three years in prison for sexually assaulting a child twice in 1998, and is being held in jail pending bail.