Trio arrested after wife's wrists are bound - 2002-11-07
Hemphill's wife said it wasn't the first time her husband had physically abused her, Ross said. She told Ross she did not report the previous abuse to police, but reported it to the Church of Scientology, of which the Hemphills are members. Ross said Mrs. Hemphill told him a Scientology counselor had been assigned to help the couple.
Church spokesman Ben Shaw said he does not know the Hemphills and knew nothing about the incident.
Most church auditors are trained in marriage counseling for church members, he said. Those sessions are confidential, he said.