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Milissa Holland accuses her sheriff’s deputy husband of raping her three times – Florida mayor says rape happened while she was unconscious after mixing prescription painkillers with wine at their home in 2013

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Palm Coast mayor, Milissa Holland, accused her sheriff’s deputy husband of raping her three times when she was unconscious after mixing prescription painkillers with wine at their home in 2013
Holland, 46, claims her estranged husband David O’Brien, 53, raped her in 2013
The aspiring power couple wed in 2012, O’Brien for the third time, a fourth marriage for Holland
Less than a year later she was taking Tramadol for a knee injury and mixed it with wine before bed, Holland said
She went to bed dressed but woke up naked and ‘feeling strange’,  same thing happened for the next three nights, so she confronted O’Brien 
O’Brien, a sheriff’s deputy with 29 years of police experience, allegedly admitted ‘taking advantage of her’ 
Then unemployed Holland reportedly, declined to press charges because she was still relying on his healthcare to pay for her sick daughter’s medical bills 
In April, after the statute of limitations had passed which would allow him to be sued or prosecuted for rape, O’Brien filed for divorce 
Holland formally accused O’Brien of rape, five days after he not only lost his career ambition of becoming county sheriff, but lost his job as undersheriff as well
Holland had just become unemployed, having lost her bid for the state assembly
Melissa Holland and Tom O'Brien in court MondayMilissa Holland, [left], was taking Tramadol for a knee injury when she says she passed out after mixing the painkiller with wine. She claims her husband David O’Brien [right]. stripped her and raped her. They estranged couple pictured at court on Monday

A Florida mayor has accused her estranged former sheriff’s deputy husband of raping her three times while she was unconscious during their marriage.
Milissa Holland, 46, claims David O’Brien raped her three times in 2013 while she was taking Tramadol to treat a knee injury.
She said she went to sleep fully clothed after mixing the painkillers with wine but woke up undressed and ‘feeling strange’ with vague memories that her husband had assaulted her.
The pair separated at the time but she declined to press charges and did not file for divorce because she was still reliant on her husband’s healthcare insurance to pay for her sick daughter’s medical bills.
She was unemployed until being elected the Mayor of Palm Coast in November 2016.
In April this year, after the four-year statute of limitations which would allow him to be prosecuted or sued for the rape, O’Brien, 53, filed for divorce.
He is demanding a 2007 SAAB as part of their divorce and asks that his wife pay his legal fees.
Holland is seeking $5,000-a-month from him in alimony.

The couple married in 2012. He had worked for Flagler County Sheriff’s Office for more than two decades and had risen to the rank of undersheriff when they tied the knot.

She was unemployed until being elected the Mayor of Palm Coast in November 2016.
Milissa Holland and David O'Brien 5.pngIn April this year, after the four-year statute of limitations which would allow him to be prosecuted or sued for the rape, O’Brien, 53, filed for divorce.
He is demanding a 2007 SAAB as part of their divorce and asks that his wife pay his legal fees.
Holland is seeking $5,000-a-month from him in alimony.
The now estranged couple [left], were married in 2012. According to flagerlive this was O’Brien’s third marriage and Holland’s fourth.They pair have six children between them.
O’Brien, 53, has three grown daughters Chelsea and Kristen are grown, Brianna. Holland, 46, has two sons, grown sons and her daughter Tory will soon be 24.
David O’Brien had worked for Flagler County Sheriff’s Office for more than two decades and had risen to the rank of undersheriff when they tied the knot.
In February 2013, Holland, a former county commissioner, was prescribed 50 mg Tramadol pills to treat a knee injury. She was told to take the pills for four days.
On the first day of the course of treatment, she drank wine with her husband while they had dinner and drank some more afterwards.
She claims to have gone to bed fully clothed but said she woke up naked and ‘feeling strange’. The same thing happened for the next three nights.
After the treatment, she confronted her husband and he allegedly admitted ‘taking advantage’ of her while she was unconscious.
Holland later said she believed the assault went on ‘for hours’ and that she vaguely remembered being dragged by her husband to the end of the bed so that he could perform oral sex on her.

Holland, 46, was taking Tramadol for a knee injury when she says she passed out after mixing the painkiller with wine. She claims O’Brien, 53, stripped her and raped her. They are both pictured at court on Monday.
The alleged assaults took place at the three-bedroom home the couple shared in Palm Coast. Afterwards, O’Brien moved out

A month after the assault, he contacted Jeff Stuart, a friend at the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, and asked to meet him in the parking lot of a bank at 2am where he confessed that his wife was planning to accuse him of rape.
Stuart allegedly went to Holland’s home to speak with her afterwards. The Sheriff’s office later contacted prosecutors who asked Holland if she wished to press charges but she declined.
In 2015, prosecutors asked her if she wished to restart the investigation after being shown an email in which O’Brien allegedly admitted to raping his wife.
It read: ‘I take full responsibility for all my actions and for raping (redacted) and causing her so much emotional and physical pain and abuse,’ according to The Dayton News Journal.  

Holland stayed married to the man in order to use his health insurance to pay her adult daughter Tori's medical bills,. Tori has a chronic auto immune condition Milissa Holland [right] with her daughter Tori, was elected Mayor of Palm Coast in November. It has been said that she stayed married to O’Brien so she could use his medical insurance as coverage for Tori’s chronic auto immune condition 

They asked her to call her husband and record the conversation, during which she asked: ‘How do you live with yourself knowing that you raped your wife?’

He replied: ‘I don’t, I don’t, I don’t live with myself. OK. I don’t at all.’
The declined again, saying that she still relied on his health insurance to pay for her adult daughter’s healthcare. She has a chronic auto-immune condition which her mother’s insurance did not cover at the time.
In April this year, O’Brien filed for divorce. His estranged wife’s lawyers say his timing is down to the four-year statute of limitations which was in place at the time of the alleged assault.
Florida has since extended the statute of limitations for reporting rape cases to six years but any incidents which occurred before the change in law are still bound to the old limit.
O’Brien resigned from the police force in March 2013 to avoid being fired after being given a bad review.

Things Fall Apart
In 2012, Holland and O’Brien looked like the perfect couple on their way to the best of years of their life.  In January, they announced an April wedding date. In February, O’Brien, by then a 29-year veteran of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, was named chief deputy, the Number 2 position in the administration of-Sheriff Don Fleming.
In May, shortly after the couple returned from a honeymoon in Paris, Holland, who had been a charismatic county commissioner for six years, declared her run for the state House. Her confidence was boundless. O’Brien’s future at the Sheriff’s Office looked equally bright.
Less than a year later, things started looking bleak for the couple.
Holland lost her House race and was jobless until she was elected mayor of Palm Coast last November. A new sheriff passed over O’Brien for undersheriff, appointing Rick Staly instead.
Weeks later, after a withering, eight-page performance review by Staly (who is now sheriff), O’Brien was given a choice: resign or be fired. O’Brien resigned. He did so on March 8, 2013.
Five days later, Holland formally accused O’Brien, her husband of less than a year, of raping her repeatedly over several nights while she was unconscious, knocked out each night from a mixture of pain killers and alcohol.

Millissa Holland and David O'Brien 9.pngMilissa Holland and David O’Brien had a social media presence and very much part of the society in their community until Holland’s 2012 bid for the Florida State House. failed and O’Brien lost his bid to become the next Sheriff of Flager County.

The alleged rapes took place roughly between Feb. 7 and Feb. 11 of 2013. Ironically,  a month before he lost his job,on Feb. 5, David O’Brien had been tasked by the Sheriff’s Office with chairing a committee on domestic violence.
Holland would subsequently tell investigators that she began piecing together the events of those nights through “flashbacks” before she confronted O’Brien.
“It was around day three when I started remembering things,” Holland would later say.
“very like, clear, vivid things that came in my memory, and that’s when I started putting things together and confronted him outside by our pool, and asked him very directly. It’s not something you expect your husband to ever do. It would have been the last.
O’Brien, on his part, has never publicly commented on the rape allegations.

 

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