Alleged torture victim says sex acts part of his ‘survival mode’
CALGARY — Dustin Paxton’s alleged torture victim says he performed frequent sex acts and endured daily beatings because he “had no options” to leave.
“I thought it was disgusting but I was in survival mode,” the 28-year-old man said Tuesday as he described what happened when the pair moved into a Calgary house in 2008. The victim described Paxton as “evil” and smart.
Paxton leaped to his feet in apparent frustration as his former roommate and moving business partner testified Tuesday afternoon in Calgary court about beatings, controlling behaviour and sexual contact.
The court sheriff forced Paxton to sit down in the prisoner’s box, which was shielded from the victim’s view by a projector screen.
Paxton, 31, is charged with aggravated assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement.
The victim said the sexual abuse escalated slowly. Soon, the man said, he was avoiding being punched and hit by performing sex acts.
The man said submitting to Paxton’s controlling, degrading behaviour included eating only one meal a day and sleeping on the bathroom floor of a motel room. Upon his release from a Regina hospital, the man recuperated in Victoria with family.