By Alex Ronallo
APPLETON - A Fox Valley divorce attorney is accused of physically and sexually abusing his wife. 49-year-old David Dudas, formerly of the Town of Dale, is facing 31 separate counts.
During Dudas' motion hearing in Outagamie County Court Wednesday, the court commissioner made his thoughts about the case clear.
"Frankly, these are the most horrific domestic abuse allegations that I've seen in my 13 years on the bench," said commissioner Brian Figy.
The criminal complaint against Dudas is 21 pages long and lists 31 charges. They include first- and second-degree sexual assault, strangulation and suffocation and substantial battery.
The complaint outlines the night of July 21 at Dudas' home. The suspect's wife accuses him of raping, beating and strangling her to the point where her face was covered with blood. She told police she thought she was going to die.
Three of Dudas' five children also make statements in the documents that support their mother's claims from July 21. According to the complaint one of the children confronted his father, while another drove his mother to the hospital.
The complaint also references videos Dudas made of himself allegedly assaulting his wife dating back to March of 2012.
If convicted, Dudas faces more than 700 years in prison. His attorney told FOX 11 the situation has been taken out of proportion.
"I've been practicing almost 20 years and this is the most over-charged case that I've ever seen and I think the evidence will bear that out," said attorney Rob Bellin.
Dudas is currently still practicing law in Stevens Point while out on $750,000 bond. Wednesday, the court ruled against his request for a lower bond.
Dudas is also not allowed to have contact with his children, because some of them could be witnesses at trial. They range in ages from 3 to 20 years old.
Dudas' wife currently has a restraining order against him.
"Having someone arrested and thinking about what they might be charged with versus, in this case, where we have someone who knows what they're charged with, to me, is a difference. So I think the request we made last week was fair. I think the bond that was set was fair and I don't think it needed to be adjusted," explained Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider.
Dudas is scheduled back in court at the end of next month.