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Galveston County veterinarian charged with rape, battery in Louisiana

December 29, 2018

A Galveston County veterinarian was arrested Wednesday night in Hitchcock on a felony warrants for rape and battery from Louisiana, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said.

Todd Michael Glover, 36, who owns and operates the Animal Hospital of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, was arrested by Texas Rangers at his residence around 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset.

Galveston County court records show that Glover has been charged with one count of rape and three counts of sexual battery in Louisiana.

News station KPRC reported that the charges against Glover stem from a trip to the Coushatta Casino Resort in early December in which two 17-year-old girls that Glover knew were allegedly sexually assaulted.

Christopher Sylvia, an attorney for the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, which owns and operates the Coushatta Casino Resort, declined to confirm those details, saying that until Glover is officially charged in Louisiana he could not give any information about the alleged victims. Sylvia said the Tribal Court of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana issued the arrest warrant for Glover.

Paul Darrow, Glover’s attorney, said that he hasn’t seen a charging document yet and that “we know very little” about the allegations at this point.

“I can tell you this, there’s two sides to every story and we look very forward to dealing with this in court and the truth coming out,” Darrow said. “Dr. Glover is absolutely innocent of these charges and we intend to fight it aggressively.”

Glover has a history of domestic violence arrests, according to Galveston County court records, none of which resulted in convictions. He was arrested in April 2014 on a third degree felony charge of assault of a family member for “recklessly impeding the normal breathing” of his wife, Lacey Glover. That charge was dismissed upon Lacey Glover’s request. Glover was also arrested in March 2017 on a misdemeanor assault charge for assault and causing bodily injury to Lacey Glover. That case ended in a mistrial and the charge was dismissed.

Glover was also arrested on a misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge in May 2014 for allegedly breaking into a woman’s home, but the charged was later dismissed at the complainant’s request. Another misdemeanor assault charge in October 2016 was dismissed after Glover completed a 3-step counseling program.

Glover is currently being held in Galveston County jail as a fugitive from justice, but Darrow said he would be extradited to Louisiana in the next several days.

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