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Officer who killed family had raped wife, police say

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:54 a.m. HST, Jul 08, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY >> A Utah police officer who killed his wife, their two children, his mother-in-law and then himself received text messages from his wife just hours earlier threatening to leave him and take their kids and confronting him for raping her, new documents show.

A Spanish Fork Police report shows Joshua Boren and his wife exchanged heated texts the night and morning before the January killings.

In them, Kelly Boren confronted her husband about raping her and told him their marriage was over, The Deseret News reported. The couple already had been separated for some time.

Joshua Boren's therapist told authorities that Boren drugged his wife and videotaped himself sexually assaulting her on more than one occasion.

Kelly Boren learned of the assaults when she discovered the tapes in 2013, said Spanish Fork Police Lt. Matt Johnson. She told a few friends, but she did not report the assaults to police because she didn't want to ruin her husband's law enforcement career, the report says.

The night before she was killed, Kelly Boren brought up the alleged sexual assault again, texting the word "rape" to her husband four times, the documents show. "I hate my life because (of) you," she texted. "You killed a part of me."

She wrote in another text: "I don't want to live in fear and hate and anger."

The next morning, Kelly Boren told her husband she would take the kids, prompting Joshua Boren to reply by text: "Don't involve the kids, they are innocent."

The police report says Joshua Boren was sexually abused as a child, struggled with drug addiction as a young man and pornography addiction throughout his life, and had a deep-rooted hatred for his mother.

After his father committed suicide when he was 5, Joshua Boren's mother began using drugs and seeing several men, the report states. One of those men allegedly abused Joshua Boren, and he blamed his mother for not protecting him, his sister told police.

The therapist told police Boren was like a "3-year-old boy stuck in a big man's body."

"Josh was a very troubled individual that felt like he was about to lose his wife and children," police wrote in the report.

Joshua Boren had worked for the Lindon Police Department for only three months when the murder-suicide occurred. Before that, he was a Utah County sheriff's deputy for seven years, Johnson said.

He used the service weapon he was given for his duties as a Lindon police officer when he killed his family members and himself, authorities said. Toxicology reports from the autopsy show he had no drugs or alcohol in his system.

Police said the state medical examiner confirmed what investigators believed: Joshua Boren shot his wife, 32-year-old Kelly Boren; his 55-year-old mother-in-law, Marie King; and his two children, 7-year-old Joshua "Jaden" and 5-year-old Haley, before killing himself.

The shooting happened at the family's home in Spanish Fork, a city of about 37,000 located 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. The events stunned the community, as well as friends and family, said Johnson, who added investigators didn't find anybody who suspected Joshua Boren was capable of such an act.

Though Joshua Boren wasn't living at the house, friends and family said he still came every morning to get the kids ready for school and preschool, Johnson said. He also picked them up every afternoon.

"He was praised as being an excellent father," Johnson said.

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Graham wrote:
B.S....the victims are the people he killed not him...his past abuse, drug problems, etc...is no reason or excuse for what he did...
on July 7,2014 | 03:29PM
ippikiokami wrote:
"He was praised as being an excellent father." Something about this statement does not sound right.
on July 7,2014 | 03:53PM
busterb wrote:
"He was praised as being an excellent father." Until he killed them! Oh but he was a good boy...
on July 8,2014 | 07:55AM
false wrote:
This is a messed up country with crazy moral values that we currently live in. A person who is psychologically unbalanced and should not be allowed to own or carry a gun is cleared for a job where carrying a gun is part of the job. He either wasn't given a psychological test for the job or flunked it but the test failure was covered up. A husband can get convicted of rape, a felony, for having sex with his wife, but his wife can commit adultery -- have sex with a man not her husband while still married -- and our society says that's okay, and makes up excuses about why it's okay for a wife to do that.
on July 7,2014 | 05:01PM
klastri wrote:
Did you read the article before posting? This has nothing whatever to do with moral values. It concerns mental illness. Are you suggesting that the violent crime of rape is in any way similar to adultery? Did you read what you wrote before posting it?
on July 7,2014 | 08:59PM
paradiddle wrote:
Based on this story, this guy was a waking time bomb. With all the "baggage" he was carrying, how did he pass the psychological aptitude screening and background checks to even be able to become a law enforcement officer? Also, isn't the therapist required to report his drugging and raping his wife, especially since he was a sheriff/police officer? Something doesn't sound right.
on July 7,2014 | 05:10PM
bpet wrote:
False, having sex with his wife is entirely different than drugging and raping her. . .and video taping it . . . just saying.
on July 7,2014 | 06:44PM
busterb wrote:
He drugged and raped his wife and she didn't realize it until she saw the tapes?! How can? Maybe he was a little boy in more then just mentality.
on July 8,2014 | 07:58AM
ello wrote:
more evidence of why people in positions that require the handling of firearms, weapons, etc, especially in law enforcement should be required to go through periodic psyche evals. just because someone passes a test/evaluation once, doesn't mean they'll pass every time. make it periodic-random, so that they don't know when to prepare for it. people change, situations change, and being on the job changes you. EVERYBODY on the job, regardless of tenure, should be required to get their head examined!
on July 7,2014 | 07:08PM
Senior_Researcher wrote:
Was he a good Mormon? Or just a good Catholic?
on July 7,2014 | 07:47PM
salsacoquibx wrote:
No maybe a great Jew or Fantastic Muslim..what does religion have to do with it..he was a nut case
on July 8,2014 | 05:44AM
SueH wrote:
And this nut case was a police officer??? I'm glad that situation has been permanently resolved.
on July 7,2014 | 09:12PM
krusha wrote:
You figure that police force would have done a careful evaluation of this guy before hiring him in the first place, since the stress of his job probably contributed to all the mental baggage he already suffered from. If he got help a long time ago, then this tragedy probably could have been avoided.
on July 8,2014 | 07:10AM
saveparadise wrote:
Everyone is blowing smoke out their a- -. Any and every living animal has the potential for homicide when confronted with survival or suicide. A simple psychological exam is not a total vision into the human mind. Different events can trigger the mode and there can be no black and white test that will show our primal instincts. Finger point all you like but you can never control the actions of others only how you react to them. Aloha.
on July 8,2014 | 08:59AM
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